Gavin Grimm graduates, changes course on legal battle

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Gavin Grimm

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. — Transgender activist and former Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm has amended his request for an emergency injunction against the school’s bathroom policy after graduating this summer, the ACLU announced today.

The ACLU, or American Civil Liberties Union, has been pursuing this case on behalf of Grimm since 2014, when Grimm and his mother first notified the school that he would be socially transitioning to male in all aspects of his life, including school.

Initially, Grimm was allowed to use the boys’ bathroom at the beginning of his sophomore year. After getting complaints, the school board voted 6-1 to bar transgender students from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. The ACLU then filed a motion for preliminary injunction to stop this policy.

This led to a district court dismissing the case under Title IX, which was then appealed to and overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The case was again appealed to the United States Supreme Court, and sent back down to the lower courts after President Trump’s administration’s “[withdrawal] of a Title IX guidance clarifying protections for transgender students,” according to the ACLU.

Grimm graduated in 2017 before he could see his legal battle to the end as a Gloucester student, but the ACLU says they are continuing to pursue the case on behalf of other transgender students. On Friday, the ACLU filed an amended complaint that still named Grimm as the plaintiff.

In court documents, they amended their request to focus on nominal damages they say are owed to Grimm, as well as a request for him to be able to use the same bathroom as other male alumni.