Virginia school’s transgender bathroom ban is back in court

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FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2016 file photo, transgender high school student Gavin Grimm poses in Gloucester, Va. The Supreme Court is returning a transgender teen’s case to a lower court without reaching a decision. The justices said Monday, March 6, 2017, they have opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives high […]

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Gavin Grimm will be back in a Virginia courtroom to fight against his former high school’s transgender bathroom policy.

A federal judge in Norfolk will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Gloucester County School Board violated Grimm’s rights when it banned him from using boys’ bathrooms.

The hearing is the latest step in a yearslong legal battle that has come to embody the debate over transgender student rights. The issue is far from settled across the nation.

U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen is unlikely to rule from the bench Tuesday. But her eventual decision could impact schools in Virginia. It could reverberate further if the case reaches a federal appeals court.

Grimm, who is now 20, filed his lawsuit in 2015. He has since become a national face for transgender student rights.

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