A Virginia public school board has just asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that mandates a transgender teenaged boy be allowed to use the boys’ restrooms. In a 2-1 decision the 4th Circuit late Tuesday denied the Gloucester County School Board’s request for a stay, prompting the move.
The Gloucester County School Board is requesting a “recall and stay of the 4th Circuit’s mandate,” to “prevent irreparable harm to the Board and its students.” The motion also states it will ask the Supreme Court to hear the full case.
“It is sad that the school board members and their lawyers have so little regard for the impact their misguided actions are having on a real teenager’s life,” said ACLU-VA Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga. ”We will continue to stand with Gavin and other young people suffering such cruelties and indignities.”
The Richmond Times-Dispatchreports the school board “petitioned Chief Justice John Roberts who oversees the 4th Circuit.”
Gavin Grimm, the transgender teenager who is suing the school board under the ACLU’s representation, has said the school’s current policy, forcing him to only use a private, single-stall restroom, “would further alienate and stigmatize me by forcing me to use separate restrooms from all of the other students at school.”
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The Gloucester County student who hopes to make bathroom access a non-issue for trans kids around the nation is among the Richmond Times-Dispatches’ year-end ‘Faces of 2016′ series. Grimm, who started a legal challenge agianst his local school districts bathroom policy which would force the transgender male to use female restrooms, has made headlines throughout [...]