April 30, 2019 at 2:55 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Four Va. school districts file legal briefs in support of Gavin Grimm
Four school districts in Northern Virginia have filed legal briefs in support of Gavin Grimm a transgender man who challenged his Virginia school district’s bathroom policy. (Photo by Scout Turankjian; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Four Virginia school districts have filed briefs in support of a transgender man who challenged his school district’s bathroom policy.

The Washington Post on Monday reported the Fairfax County, Arlington County, Falls Church and Alexandria School Boards last month filed the briefs in support of Gavin Grimm.

Grimm was a student at Gloucester County High School in Gloucester, Va., in 2015 when he filed a federal lawsuit against the Gloucester County School District’s policy that prohibits students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that don’t correspond with their “biological gender.” Grimm and his lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union allege the policy violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case in 2017, but the justices remanded it to the 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals after President Trump rescinded guidance to public schools that said Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires them to allow trans students to use restrooms based on their gender identity.

Grimm graduated from Gloucester County High School in 2017.

A trial in the Grimm case is scheduled to take place in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in July.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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