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US transgender student wins years-long war on school bathroom rights – Times of India


WASHINGTON: On Monday, the US Supreme Court gave the final victory to a transgender student who fought for years to use the boys’ toilet in his high school.

The US Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal filed by Virginia school officials against allowing transgender teens to use a toilet that reflects their identity.

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As usual, the court did not substantiate its decision, but two of its nine judges – both Conservatives – said they would accept the appeal.

The ruling upholds a federal appeals ruling last summer in favor of Gavin Grimm, who was born a woman but identified as a man.

The court ruled that his high school violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing him to enter the boys’ bathroom.

“I’m glad my years of struggle to get my school to see me the way I am is over,” said the 22-year-old, who started a lawsuit at the age of 15.

“Transgender youth deserve to use the toilet in peace without being humiliated and stigmatized by school boards and elected officials,” he added in a statement.

Transgender rights are the subject of bitter political battles between progressive and conservative in the United States, and the toilet wars have been one of the highlights of recent years.

Former President Barack Obama’s administration has asked public schools to allow students to use toilets and sports locker rooms according to their gender.

But his successor, Republican Donald Trump, overturned those rules in February 2017.

Recently, conservatives seeking to preserve traditional gender norms have shifted their focus to stadium access for transgender athletes and health care for transgender minors.



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