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FILE - In this Monday Aug. 22, 2016 file photo, transgender high school student Gavin Grimm poses in front of his home in Gloucester, Va. The Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent Grimm, a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at his high school, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 . (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The Virginia transgender bathroom case is being taken to the Supreme Court



The Supreme Court decided today it will hear the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the mens' restroom, reports CBS News

A lower court had ruled against the board, saying that they had to accommodate Gavin Grimm.

The Supreme Court, however, announced that it will hear an appeal from the Gloucester County school board sometime in 2017, meaning that the teenager will not be allowed to use the men's' restroom in the meantime. 

Grimm is a 17-year-old senior in high school. He was born a female, but identifies as male and was allowed to use the mens' bathroom at school for a few weeks in 2014. That led to some parents complaining, and the school board adopted a policy that required students to use the bathroom that corresponded to their biological gender. 

"I feel the humiliation every time I need to use the restroom and every minute I try to 'hold it' in the hopes of avoiding the long walk to the nurse's office," Grimm wrote in a column published in Friday's editions of the Washington Post. 

I continue to suffer daily because of the school board's decision to make my bathroom use a matter of public debate
Gavin Grimm

Grimm's case has sparked campaigns of support on social media. 

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