A federal court ruled in favor of a transgender teenager on Tuesday, who sued a school board in Virginia for refusing to let him use the men's restroom when he was a high school student.
According to CNN, Gavin Grimm, 19, sued the Gloucester County School Board after it passed a policy requiring students to use bathrooms that aligned with their “biological gender.”
In his sophomore year Grimm, who was assigned the gender female at birth, told his classmates he was transgender and began using the boys’ bathroom. Parents protested to the school board, which thenpassed the restrictions.
Grimm argued the restrictions violated Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds.
The judge said the school board violated the teen’s constitutional rights.
The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that federal anti-discrimination laws protect trans students' right to use the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities, and ordered the school board to schedule a settlement conference with Grimm within 30 days.
The school board argued that Title IX does not protect transgender students from discrimination, and that its policy on bathroom use "distinguished boys and girls based on physical characteristics alone."