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How schools treat transgender students as it relates to the use of restrooms and locker rooms has become a hotly debated issue throughout the country. In one of the first published federal court rulings on this issue, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has dismissed a transgender student’s claim under Title IX seeking access to the school restroom of his identified gender (male). The court also declined to grant a preliminary injunction while it continued to consider the student’s claim under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, Case No. 4:15cv54 (E.D. VA., September 17, 2015).

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, analyzes the district court’s ruling.  While Mr. Spitzzeri  argues that the ruling doesn’t answer every question on this issue, it does at least begin laying some helpful groundwork – especially important to an Illinois school district that is struggling with a very similar case.  Click here to read Mr. Spitzzeri’s analysis of this opinion.