Transgender teen Gavin Grimm was forced to use a unisex bathroom apart from his peers during his first day back Gloucester High School in Virginia on Tuesday (8 September).
The 16 year old identifies as male but is being prevented from using the boys bathroom by a federal judge.
‘We are extremely troubled by this decision that bans Gavin Grimm from using the bathroom that matches who he is as a young man,’ Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Executive Director Michael Silverman said in a statement.
‘It singles Gavin out for discrimination and sends a disturbing message that he should be treated differently than other kids in school, simply because of who he is.’
On 4 September, US District Judge Robert G. Doumar denied a preliminary injunction requested by Grimm’s attorneys that would allow him to use the boys’ restroom at school as his discrimination lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board continues.
‘Having helped many young people experiencing discrimination in their schools, we know the importance of ensuring that transgender students are in school environments that allow them to thrive,’ Silverman said. ‘That includes allowing them to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their authentic selves.’