By Richard Hack
It may have taken over six years and multiple appeals, but transgender male Gavin Grimm from Gloucester, Virginia, can now use the men’s room–officially. He was 15 years old when he announced to his family that he had transgender dysphoria and identified himself as a male.
From that point on, he was known as Gavin, responded to the pronouns he, him and his, and began to use the boy’s room at Gloucester High School. Or at least he was until a member of the Glocester community decided to make an objection to the school board, which then decided to created special single stall bathrooms labeled Unnisex, thinking it had solved the issue.
“I’m not unisex,” Gavin Grimm objected and proceed to sue for his right–and the rights of all transgender people in Virginia–to use the bathroom of the sexual identity. For most, this should have been a non-starter. A no-brainer.
“People expect me to say that using the boys’ bathroom was super magical and just the best time of my life,” Grimm told CNN in 2016. “But I was just using the bathroom,” he said. “I went in and left.”
But the teenager was portrayed as some kind of ogre by the religious right.
unconstitutional and a violation of Title IX for schools to bar students from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
The long-running legal fight has become a flashpoint in the battle over LGBTQ rights in education. With the latest ruling by the U.S Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, albeit one that was fought virtually by teleconference, that fight is over. Wednesday’s decision cited the Supreme Court’s landmark June ruling that gay and transgender people are protected under a federal law that bars sex discrimination in employment.
“All transgender students should have what I was denied: the opportunity to be seen for who we are by our schools and our government. Today’s decision is an incredible affirmation for not just me, but for trans youth around the country,” Grimms said earlier this week.