Advocates challenge Eastern Lancaster Co. School trans policy


More than a dozen advocates appeared at the Aug. 12 school board meeting at Eastern Lancaster County School District to challenge a policy that would separate students by biological sex in bathrooms and locker rooms while private, single-user areas were being built districtwide.

The controversial policy takes effect Aug. 26, the first day of the new school year.

Opponents of the policy say it discriminates against transgender students who may want to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Naiymah Sanchez, trans justice coordinator with the American Civil Liberties Union told lancasteronline.com: “I’m pretty much here to show support for transgender students across the state of Pennsylvania…and actually to put a little pressure on board members to make the right decision.”

Ruling in Virginia

Meanwhile, on Aug. 9, according to the ACLU, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of their client Gavin Grimm, in his request for summary judgement in a sex discrimination lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board.

Statement from Gavin Grimm:

“It is such a relief to achieve this closure and vindication from the court after four years of fighting not just for myself, but for trans youth across America. I promise to continue to advocate for as long as it takes for everyone to be able to live their authentic lives freely, in public, and without harassment and discrimination.”

More information on the case is available here.

In 2015, when Gavin was a 15-year-old sophomore at Gloucester High School, the school board adopted a policy preventing him from using bathroom facilities consistent with his gender identity. The ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia subsequently sued on his behalf.

The judge heard arguments relating to the ACLU’s motion for summary judgement on July 23. In the ruling issued today, Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen declared that the school board’s policy violated Grimm’s rights under the 14thAmendment to the U.S. Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 from the time it was adopted, through his graduation.

She also issued a permanent injunction requiring the board to update Grimm’s high school transcripts to reflect a male gender marker and provide copies to him within 10 days.


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