Gavin Grimm Wins An Historical Trans Rights Case!

Gavin Grimm

Gavin Grimm

The 4th Court of Appeals refused a petition by the Glouster School Board to rehear the case against former high school student Gavin Grimm. The three-member court appeals denied a request by the Virginia School Board to advance the case to the full circuit. The 4th Circuit Court had just last month ruled that making Galvin, a trans man use the women’s bathroom, was in violation of his Constitutional rights.

Gavin Grim has been fighting for the right to use the bathroom which obviously corresponds with his gender for five years. Planet Trans began following Gavin Grimm when in 2015 the Glouster School Board first infringed on his constitutional rights by requiring him to use the girls’s room or the Nurse’s bathroom.

The New Your Times reported on September 8, 2020, that The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, in a 2-to-1, found in favor of Mr. Grimm in his five-year-long battle with the Gloucester County School Board, a case that [had] become a flashpoint in the battle over the rights of LGBTQ students. The appeals court previously had backed Mr. Grimm, but the Supreme Court sent the case back to lower courts after the Trump administration in its first months in office rescinded Title IX protections for transgender students.

Trans Man’s Life Interrupted.

Galvin Grimm only wanted to attend school, graduate and live a normal life. But his life was interrupted by a group of transphobic parents who fought and lost all of the ways to the Supreme Court and back.

To this, we say good job, Gavin Grim. You stepped forward and brilliantly fought and won. Congratulations.

Related: Monday Dec 7, 2020 the Supreme Court declined to hear yet another case in which a lower court had ruled in favor of transgender student rights.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. I well remember walking some half a kilometer to the local shopping centre (in all weathers) in order to use the loo, after my employer refused to allow me to use the women’s at my place of employment. It was not only humiliating and inconvenient, but had a real effect on my presentation at work. Windblown hair, wet clothes or heat effected make up, is not ideal when you are trying to appear in your best light. So important to gaining credibility in your early days of transition. Finally a lady who worked in the staff canteen, and had what amounted to a private toilet, kindly offered to allow me the use of her facility. This was back in the 80’s, and transexuals were rather rare, and there were few avenues of appeal. Such a small thing, to anyone else, but the ban was truly dehumanising. I will never forget that walk, nor can I forgive the company (Shell Company of Australia), who mandated it. Conversely I will always be grateful to the lady who allowed me to be human again. Well fought Gavin. Its just so sad that in this day and age, forty years later, that you had to fight at all.

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