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posted Friday, April 22, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 17
Landmark Trans rights ruling:
4th Circuit says schools must let Trans students use restrooms appropriate for their gender identity
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Landmark Trans rights ruling:
4th Circuit says schools must let Trans students use restrooms appropriate for their gender identity

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a ruling that Lambda Legal described as 'a game changer,' a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on April 19 that federal law requires school districts that receive money from the U.S. government - in other words, almost all of them - to allow Transgender students to use restrooms that conform to their gender identity.

At issue was the interpretation of the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In a 2-1 vote, the 4th Circuit panel found that 'sex' covers gender identity and therefore protects Trans students.

'Wowie, yowie, zowie!!!' Lambda Legal national legal director John Davidson exclaimed on Facebook.

'The Fourth Circuit just ruled that Title IX obligates schools that receive federal financial assistance to allow transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. This is a game changer. Congratulations to Josh Block at the ACLU, who argued the appeal, and to everyone who worked on this case (including Tara Borelli and Kyle Palazzolo, who authored Lambda Legal's amicus brief on appeal). For those of you who don't know, North Carolina is within the Fourth Circuit and governed by this decision. Bye, bye HB 2.'

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed a bill denying his state's Trans students their restroom rights, promised to abide by the appeals court ruling.

'As governor, I will uphold my oath of office to respect these court rulings, and make sure these court rulings are abided [by], because I've sworn an oath to do just that, and I have a tradition of doing just that,' McCrory told reporters.

'It is my understanding that this ruling will most likely be immediately appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court,' he continued. 'I mean, this is a major, major change in social norms.'

In addition or being a major victory for the Trans community, the decision was also a victory for the Obama administration, which filed a brief supporting the Transgender plaintiff in the case.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has argued since 2012 that where discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited, as in Title IX and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected.

The 4th Circuit ruling is the first authoritative legal victory for that theory of U.S. civil rights legislation.

The case involved a Trans high school student in Virginia, Gavin Grimm, who sought to use the boys' restrooms at his school. When his local school district adopted a policy basing restroom use on 'biological gender,' he sued with the aid of the ACLU and Lambda Legal.

'I feel so relieved and vindicated by the court's ruling.' Grimm said in a statement. 'Today's decision gives me hope that my fight will help other kids avoid discriminatory treatment at school.'

'Today's 4th Circuit decision is a vindication for Gavin and a reinforcement of the [federal] Department of Education's policy,' said Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU LGBT Project. 'With this decision, we hope that schools and legislators will finally get the message that excluding transgender kids from the [appropriate] restrooms is unlawful sex discrimination.'

'Gavin's fight has been a beacon of hope in the face of increasingly hostile rhetoric against transgender people in Virginia, and across the nation,' said Gail Deady, the Secular Society Women's Rights Legal Fellow at the ACLU of Virginia. 'The court's ruling sends a strong message to schools and lawmakers that discriminatory restroom policies don't just harm transgender students, they put Title IX funding at risk.'

The Democratic Party, which has made North Carolina's new anti-Trans law an issue in that state's gubernatorial election, also weighed in.

'This court victory affirms that there is no commonsense reason to bar transgender students from using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity, and that doing so is discriminatory and harmful,' DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a press release.

'This ruling sets a precedent in five states, including North Carolina, where Republican legislators and the Republican governor have embraced the exact type of discrimination that the court today has overruled. Republican legislators who continue to push anti-LGBT measures, and the Republican presidential candidates who fan the flames of discrimination with ignorant rhetoric, have been exposed by this ruling for what they're truly peddling. Just this week, one of the Republican presidential candidates told victims of discrimination to 'get over it.' Well, it's time for the Republican Party to get over their anti-LGBT bias and join the rest of the country in embracing the full equality of every American.'

A new Elon University poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper leading McCrory by 48% to 42%. Cooper says he believes North Carolina's anti-Trans measures are unconstitutional, and he will not defend them in court.

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