WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on June 30 filed a “statement of interest” with a federal court in Virginia that says Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 requires school districts allow transgender students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
“There is a public interest in ensuring that all students, including transgender students, have the opportunity to learn in an environment free of sex discrimination,” reads the filing.
The statement was filed in the case of Gavin Grimm, a trans boy who sued the Gloucester County School Board last month over its controversial policy that requires students to use restrooms and other facilities that correspond to their “biological gender.”
The school board approved the policy late last year.
“The Department of Justice filing makes crystal clear that the Gloucester County School Board’s transgender restroom policy violates Title IX,” said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV Project. “All students — including transgender students — should be able to use the restroom without being stigmatized and humiliated for being who they are.”
The ACLU is representing Grimm and his mother in their lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board.