A Federal Appeals Court Has Again Ruled In Favor Of A Trans Student Over Bathroom Access

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday once again ruled in favor of a transgender man who filed a lawsuit against his local school board after they banned him from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school that corresponded with his gender identity.

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on a 2-1 vote that Gavin Grimm, now a college student, is protected under federal law that bars sex discrimination in education and the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that people be treated equally under the law.

Grimm was a sophomore at Gloucester County High School when he filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 against the district’s bathroom policy.

Judge Henry Floyd, writing for the 4th Circuit, said the school board’s actions constituted “a special kind of discrimination against a child that he will no doubt carry with him for life.”

The appeals court upheld a 2019 lower court ruling in Grimm’s favor.

Grimm’s case was previously set to be argued in 2017 before the U.S. Supreme Court but was taken off the schedule after President Donald Trump’s administration rescinded guidance previously issued by the administration of President Barack Obama regarding bathroom access for transgender students, reports NBC News.