A Virginia school board agreed to pay $1.3 million in settling a federal discrimination lawsuit introduced by a transgender former scholar barred from utilizing the boys’ restroom in excessive school almost seven years in the past. 

The American Civil Liberties Union introduced Thursday that the Gloucester County School Board agreed to pay $1.3 million in lawyer charges and prices associated to the filed on behalf by Gavin Grimm. 

“We won,” Grimm, now 22, tweeted. “Honored to have been part of this victory.”

Grimm instructed Insider he won’t personally obtain any funds from the payout. He beforehand announced in January 2020 that he was elected to the ACLU Board of Directors for a one-year time period. 


“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 stated in an announcement Thursday. “The School Board has no further comment on this matter.” 

As a 15-year-old scholar at Gloucester High School, Grimm was banned from utilizing the boys’ bathroom.  A school board policy required Grimm to restrooms that corresponded together with his organic intercourse — feminine — or non-public bogs. He filed a federal lawsuit that wound its method by the courts for six years. 

“This is the third time in recent years that the Supreme Court has allowed appeals of court decisions in support of transgender students to stand,” Josh Block, senior employees lawyer with the ACLU’s LGBTQ & HIV Project, stated in an announcement Thursday. “Our work is not yet done, and the ACLU is continuing to fight against anti-trans laws targeting trans youth in states around the country.”

Grimm filed his lawsuit in 2015 and argued that he suffered from urinary tract infections from avoiding school bogs in addition to suicidal ideas that led to hospitalization. 

In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Gloucester County High School senior Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Virginia. The Gloucester County School Board has agreed to pay $1.3 million in legal costs to the American Civil Liberties Union after the nonprofit spent six years representing a student who sued over the board's transgender bathroom ban. 

In this March 6, 2017, file picture, Gloucester County High School senior Gavin Grimm, a transgender scholar, speaks throughout a information convention in Richmond, Virginia. The Gloucester County School Board has agreed to pay $1.3 million in authorized prices to the American Civil Liberties Union after the nonprofit spent six years representing a scholar who sued over the board’s transgender bathroom ban. 
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The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear Grimm’s case in 2017, but it surely was despatched again to the decrease courts after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era directive that college students can select bogs corresponding with their gender id. 

Grimm’s case was heard once more in U.S. District Court in Norfolk in 2019 and by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2020. Both dominated that the board’s policy violated Title IX, a federal civil rights legislation barring sex-based discrimination in any school that receives federal cash. 

They additionally discovered it violated the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause by prohibiting Grimm from utilizing the identical restrooms as different boys and forcing him to use separate restrooms. The Supreme Court in June refused to hear the case, relying as an alternative on the decrease courts’ rulings that sided with Grimm. Bust conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito stated they might have heard the case. 

In its petition asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, the school board argued that its bathroom policy poses a “pressing federal question of national importance.” The board argued beforehand that federal legal guidelines defend in opposition to discrimination primarily based on intercourse, not gender id. Because Grimm had not undergone sex-reassignment surgical procedure and nonetheless had feminine genitalia, the board’s place has been that he remained anatomically a feminine.

The ACLU, which represented Grimm within the lawsuit, argued that federal legislation makes it clear transgender college students are protected against discrimination. 

Separately final week, Grimm spoke at a unique Virginia school board assembly. 

He addressed the Newport News School Board, which held an emergency assembly to rethink adopting steerage from the Virginia Department of Education to permit nonbinary and transgender college students to use bogs and play on sports activities groups that correspond with their chosen id, not delivery gender. The board narrowly voted Thursday to undertake the steerage, reversing an earlier choice to reject it, WAVY reported. 


Meanwhile, the Chesapeake School Board, additionally in Virginia, final week rejected implementing these state insurance policies that tackle the remedy of transgender and nonbinary college students.

Fox News’ Emma Colton and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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