Virginia teen's lawsuit challenging his school's anti-trans bathroom policy moves forward

On Monday, a lawsuit filed to allow a transgender teen to use the boys' restrooms in his school moved forward, as U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar dismissed the Title IX discrimination claims in the suit. The plaintiff, transgender teen Gavin Grimm, is suing for his right to use the boys' restroom at his school, instead of being forced to use either separate gender-neutral restrooms or the girls' restroom. Late last month, the U.S. Justice Department issued a statement of interest siding with Grimm, affirming their claim that the Gloucester Public Schools' policy is discriminatory and violates Grimm's rights.

Additionally, Doumar said that it is "highly unlikely" that he will grant a preliminary injunction requiring the school district to allow Grimm to use the boys' restrooms before the case is settled in court. The lawsuit is still ongoing as of this point, and seeks unspecified damages and an order allowing Grimm to use the male restrooms.

Below you can view a testimony from Grimm to his school board from November 11th, 2014 about this situation: