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On august 9, US district judge arenda L. Wright allen granted grimm’s motion for summary judgment, finding that the school district violated his rights under title diflucan for yeast infection IX of the 1972 federal education law and the 14th diflucan for yeast infection amendment’s equal protection clause by refusing to let the transgender diflucan for yeast infection boy use the boys’ restroom facilities when he was attending gloucester high school and diflucan for yeast infection by refusing to update his official school transcript to conform diflucan for yeast infection to the “male” designation on his amended birth certificate.

In addition to awarding grimm a symbolic damage recovery of diflucan for yeast infection $1, the court ordered the district to update grimm’s official records and provide them to him by august diflucan for yeast infection 19. Judge wright allen also ordered that the district pay grimm’s reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees in an amount to be determined. Given the length and complexity of this lawsuit, the fee award is likely to be substantial.

Grimm began his freshman year at gloucester high school in diflucan for yeast infection 2013 listed as a girl, consistent with his original birth certificate. In the spring of his freshman year, grimm told his parents he was transgender and began therapy diflucan for yeast infection with a psychologist experienced in trans issues, who provided him a letter with a diagnosis of gender diflucan for yeast infection dysphoria. In 2014, grimm legally changed his first name to gavin and began diflucan for yeast infection using the men’s restrooms in public venues. Prior to the start of his sophomore year, he and his mother met with a school guidance counselor, provided a copy of the psychologist’s diagnosis, and requested that grimm be treated as a boy at diflucan for yeast infection school.

After initially being required to use the restroom in the diflucan for yeast infection nurse’s office, grimm, telling school officials of the inconvenience involved, received permission from the principal — who had the blessing of the district’s superintendent — to use the boys’ bathroom. He did so for seven weeks without incident.

When word of this became widespread, however, some parents complained and after two school board meetings, the board voted in december 2014 to adopt a formal diflucan for yeast infection policy that restroom and locker room facilities would be “limited to the corresponding biological genders, and students with gender identity issues shall be provided an diflucan for yeast infection alternative appropriate private facility.”

Grimm was then given the option to resume use of diflucan for yeast infection the nurse’s office restroom until unisex restrooms could be constructed. The facilities eventually put in place were inconveniently located and diflucan for yeast infection grimm also found the requirement that he use only them diflucan for yeast infection stigmatizing. Instead, he tried to avoid urinating at school and developed urinary diflucan for yeast infection tract infections, as well as suffering psychological trauma.

In june 2015, grimm received a state ID card identifying him as a diflucan for yeast infection male from the department of motor vehicles, and in his junior year, when he was briefly hospitalized because of suicidal thoughts, he was placed in the boys’ ward. He had top surgery in june 2016 and that september diflucan for yeast infection a court ordered that he be issued a new birth diflucan for yeast infection certificate listing him as male. When grimm presented the new birth certificate to the school, officials refused to update his records to reflect his male diflucan for yeast infection status.

Represented by the american civil liberties union (ACLU), grimm filed his lawsuit in june 2015, in the federal district court in norfolk. Senior district judge robert G. Doumar quickly granted the school district’s motion to dismiss the title IX claim and reserved diflucan for yeast infection judgment on grimm’s equal protection claim while he appealed the title IX diflucan for yeast infection dismissal. The fourth circuit court of appeals reversed doumar, relying on an interpretation of title IX endorsed by the diflucan for yeast infection obama administra­tion’s departments of education and justice. With the case sent back to doumar, he issued a preliminary injunction in june 2016, requiring the school to let grimm use the boys’ restrooms. The school district, however, had the summer break to forestall grimm from using the diflucan for yeast infection boys’ restroom in his senior year.

Though the fourth circuit refused to stay its injunction while diflucan for yeast infection the school board appealed, the supreme court in august 2016 granted a stay to diflucan for yeast infection give it time to file a petition for review. That essentially guaranteed that grimm would be barred from the diflucan for yeast infection boys’ bathroom through his final year at gloucester high since the diflucan for yeast infection high court did not schedule arguments in the case until diflucan for yeast infection march 2017. When the new trump administration advised the high court that diflucan for yeast infection it was withdrawing the trans-affirming obama interpretation on title IX, the oral arguments were canceled and the case was sent diflucan for yeast infection back to the fourth circuit, which in turn sent it back to the district court.

By this time, judge doumar had retired, so the case was assigned to judge wright allen. And grimm had already graduated, so the school board argued the case was moot. The ACLU countered that the question of the restroom policy’s lawfulness was not moot, that grimm as an alumnus would be barred from using diflucan for yeast infection the boys’ restroom when he returned to the school for events, and that he was still entitled to a ruling on diflucan for yeast infection his claim for damages.

In may 2018, wright allen issued a ruling denying the school board’s motion to dismiss the case as moot and she diflucan for yeast infection ruled that grimm had a viable claim of sex discrimination diflucan for yeast infection under title IX. She also ruled that grimm’s equal protection claim would be decided using what is diflucan for yeast infection known as “intermediate scrutiny,” which puts the burden on the government to show that diflucan for yeast infection its policy substantially advances an important government interest. In february of this year, the court allowed grimm to amend his complaint to add diflucan for yeast infection the school board’s refusal to issue him a corrected transcript.

On july 23, both parties made arguments on their motions for summary judgment. Regarding grimm’s title IX claim, wright allen found he had been excluded from participation in diflucan for yeast infection an education program on the basis of sex by being diflucan for yeast infection barred from using the boys’ restrooms, that the policy harmed him both physically and psychologically, and that because the gloucester schools receive federal financial assistance diflucan for yeast infection they are subject to title IX. Wright allen granted grimm summary judgment on his title IX diflucan for yeast infection claim.

On his equal protection claim, the court relied on a supreme court ruling concerning the diflucan for yeast infection exclusion of girls from virginia military institute, in which justice ruth bader ginsburg wrote that in a diflucan for yeast infection sex discrimination case involving “intermediate scrutiny” the defendant bears the burden of “demonstrat­ing that its proffered justification for its use of the diflucan for yeast infection classification is ‘exceedingly persuasive.’” in gloucester county, the school board’s justification was “an interest in protecting the privacy rights of students, specifically privacy interests that students have in protecting their unclothed diflucan for yeast infection bodies.”

Wright allen found that the board made “no showing that the challenged policy is ‘substantia­lly related’ to protection of student privacy,” noting there were no student complaints during the seven-week period grimm had used the boys’ restrooms. And she wrote, “the board’s privacy argument also ignores the practical realities of how diflucan for yeast infection transgender individuals use a restroom,” and quoted from another trans bathroom court opinion that explained, “when he goes into a restroom, the transgender student enters a stall, closes the door, relieves himself, comes out of the stall, washes his hands, and leaves.”

A witness for the board was unable to specifically explain diflucan for yeast infection how expanded private stalls and urinal dividers did not address diflucan for yeast infection any lingering privacy concerns a student might have. Quoting from the seventh circuit court of appeals ruling in diflucan for yeast infection favor of wisconsin transgender student ash whitaker, wright allen wrote, “this court is compelled to conclude that the board’s privacy argument ‘is based upon sheer conjecture and abstraction.’”

While acknowledging the tough choices facing the gloucester schools in diflucan for yeast infection 2014 amidst “the many expressions of concern arising from genuine love for diflucan for yeast infection our children and the fierce instinct to protect and raise diflucan for yeast infection our children safely,” wright allen wrote that this does not excuse an unconstitutionally diflucan for yeast infection discriminatory policy.

Wright allen, nominated to the court by president barack obama, was the first female african-american judge to serve in the eastern district of virginia. Prior to this ruling, her most noteworthy decision, issued in february 2014, declared virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

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