August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled decisively that it is unconstitutional for schools to discriminate against transgender students. The ruling in Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board finds that transgender students are within their rights to access facilities that correspond with their gender and to have their gender recognized in official documents. The ruling also finds that anti-trans discrimination is sex discrimination, which aligns with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County.

Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, said: 

“Hundreds of thousands of PFLAG families across the country celebrate Gavin Grimm’s win in court. Together with his legal team at the ACLU, he demonstrated that a transgender person is a person, that their gender is real, and that anti-trans discrimination unconstitutionally prevents a transgender student from participating fully in their education. 

“Members of PFLAG Metro DC and PFLAG chapters throughout Virginia have testified, rallied, and met with school leaders in support of transgender students like Gavin. In Virginia and across the country, PFLAGers celebrate this legal win for transgender students and their families.”



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Laura McGinnis, Media Relations Manager