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Transgender student wins £950,000 court battle after school blocked use of male toilet


The payout is by a school in Virginia, US and centres on the case of Gavin Grimm, who in 2015 sued the Gloucester County School Board in the country for denying him access to the male facilities. The youngster, who is now 22-years-old, claimed the school board had violated policy Title IX, which bans sex discrimination in schools, by prohibiting him from accessing the bathroom facilities that matched with his gender identity.  It is belived Grimm will not receive the bumper payout, but instead it will go to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in compensation for the work it did on the youngster’s behalf.

In June, the US Supreme Court said it would not review the case after agreeing with a ruling from the lower court.

This found Grimm had been discriminated against in violation of federal law.

But six years after first filing his legal claim, a court has now ruled in his favour.

A delighted Grimm told Insider: “It’s absolutely vindication.

“The court found that what they did was wrong and it was discrimination and it was not going to go without consequence, and I think that’s fantastic.”

The Gloucester County School Board said in a short statement: “The insurance provider for the Gloucester County School Board has addressed the Plaintiff’s request for attorney fees and costs resulting from the Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board litigation.

“The School Board has no further comment on this matter.”

The lawsuit saw the youngster represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who last week revealed a settlement had been reached.

Josh Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU LGBTQ & HIV Project, told Unlaid : “We are glad that this long litigation is finally over and that Gavin has been fully vindicated by the courts, but it should not have taken over six years of expensive litigation to get to this point.

“After a year in which state legislatures have introduced an unprecedented number of bills targeting trans youth, we hope that the fee award will give other school boards and lawmakers pause before they use discrimination to score political points.”

Grimm said the case was worth “every drop of energy” that he put into it.

The youngster said: “There’s plenty of states that still have ongoing anti-trans legislation.

“But slowly and surely we’re coming for all of them.”

Commenting on lawmakers attempting to push through anti-trans bills, Grimm added: “Their hatred and discrimination is struck down in court over and over again.

“I hope that they look at this and know that their time is coming to an end.”


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