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Federal appeals court to hear transgender student’s lawsuit

Gavin Grimm

Gavin Grimm AP Photo/Steve Helber, File

In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, Gavin Grimm leans on a post on his front porch during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va.  Schools can’t prevent transgender students from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities without violating federal law, the Obama administration says. The government’s filing says a Gloucester County School Board policy that requires Grimm to use either the girls’ restrooms or a unisex bathroom constitutes unlawful bias under Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. AP Photo/Steve Helber, File

In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, Gavin Grimm leans on a post on his front porch during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va. Schools can’’t prevent transgender students from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities without violating federal law, the Obama administration says. The government’’s filing says a Gloucester County School Board policy that requires Grimm to use either the girls’ restrooms or a unisex bathroom constitutes unlawful bias under Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

RICHMOND, Va. — An appeal filed by a 16-year-old transgender student who is suing a Virginia county school district over its restroom use policy will be argued before a federal appeals court next month.

Gloucester High School junior Gavin Grimm is asking the court to reverse the recent denial of an injunction that would have allowed him to use the boys’ restroom at the start of the school year.

The Daily Press reports a hearing is scheduled Jan. 27 in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

Last week, officials from six states — Arizona, Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, North Carolina and South Carolina — filed friend-of-the-court briefs backing the Gloucester County School Board.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Grimm.

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