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Appeals Court Overturns Virginia's Transgender Law

Watch out, North Carolina! You're next.
Appeals Court Overturns Virginia's Transgender Law
Gavin Grimm Image from: ABC News

North Carolina had better watch out, because if Virginia is any indication, their petty, nasty bathroom laws are heading for the dustbin of history.

A Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boys' restroom, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could have implications for a North Carolina law that critics say discriminates against LGBT people.

The case of Gavin Grimm has been especially closely watched since North Carolina enacted a law last month that bans transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. That law also bans cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances, a response to an ordinance recently passed in Charlotte.


In the Virginia case, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — which also covers North Carolina — ruled 2-1 to overturn the Gloucester County School Board's policy, saying it violated Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination in schools. A federal judge had previously rejected Grimm's sex discrimination claim, but the court said that judge ignored a U.S. Department of Education regulation that transgender students in public schools must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

It still boggles my mind that with everything that's really important, Republican lawmakers are legislating bathrooms. I hope they get slapped down all the way to the Supreme Court so we can move on.

Video below, via NBC Washington:

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