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Transgender Man Gavin Grimm Wins Court Fight He Started As A Boy

Transgender Man Gavin Grimm Wins Court Fight He Started As A Boy

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美國一位跨性別中學生(跨男)Gavin Grimm 業經精神科醫師確認其為「性別不安」(跨性別),原本校方允許他可以依據性別認同去上廁所,也就是上男廁,如此一開始兩個月也都一切ok,沒有任何人抱怨,孰料後來有家長表示反對與干預此事,最後學校就禁止這位跨性別學生上男廁及使用男性更衣室等等,要求其只能依據原生的生理性別去上女廁。

這位學生為了自己及其他跨性別學生的權益,因此狀告學校,纏訟四年後,上週五學校被判敗訴,維吉尼亞州法院認定學校不讓這位學生使用符合其性別認同的設施是違憲的,不但判決學校賠償,更要求學校要把這個學生所有文件資料上的性別標示更正為「男性」。
Gavin Grimm現在二十歲了,他已開始修大學課程,並計畫繼續求學。

#跨性別 #性別平等

 他的高中時期被認定為男性的戰鬥持續了四年多,於週五在法庭贏得了這場鬥爭

格里姆  在出生時被推定為女性, 於2014年12月 15歲  , 當時他  被  一位性別焦慮的心理學家診斷出來,並開始以他自己認為的男性生活。

在校長允許的情況下,格林兄弟使用男孩浴室兩個月,沒有任何問題或者他的同學,老師或管理員投訴。然而,憤怒的父母要求改變,並在有爭議的聽證會上面對格林兄弟和學校官員。

In December 2014, Gloucester County High School in Virginia officially banned him from using the boys’ bathrooms. The ban, which also applied to locker rooms and would affect any other transgender students who came out, led to lawsuits that wound their way through the courts, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court never heard his case, however, sending it back to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Norfolk.

That’s where U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen granted Grimm’s motion for summary judgment on Friday. The judge ruled that the Gloucester school district violated his rights under Title IX and the 14th Amendment by preventing him from using the facilities that matched his gender identity. Her decision awarded him one dollar for his troubles, as well as reimbursement of lawyers’ fees and court costs, and more importantly, ordered the school district to change his gender marker to “male” on all his records.

They have 10 days to comply with the judge’s order and produce proof they’ve done so by mailing copies of the updated records to Grimm.

Following Grimm’s victory in court, his lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union announced via Twitter: “WE WON!” and “Trans people belong in schools. Trans people belong EVERYWHERE.”

“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,” Grimm tweeted. Actress Laverne Cox celebrated the victory as well, tweeting, “I just got goosebumps.”

Grimm, 20, graduated in 2017. He now lives in California, where he is taking college courses, and has plans to attend a four year college. Reports say he’s had top surgery so that his chest is that of a man, and he is undergoing hormone replacement therapy, which typically involves testosterone injections. His birth certificate was updated in 2016 to indicate he is male.

There’s been no comment from the Gloucester school board or its attorney as of press time.

This victory for Grimm comes amid a wave of transgender discrimination that appears unrivaled in U.S. history.

The Trump administration has already rolled back Obama-era protections for trans students in schools and transgender Americans in the workplace. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating complaints that allowing trans girls to compete with cisgender — meaning, not transgender — girls is discriminatory. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious conservative legal group, is actually relying on the same law cited in the Grimm case, Title IX, arguing that it should be interpreted to protect their clients, three cis girls in Connecticut, not two transgender teens. 

Grimm, who could easily decide to fade from the public spotlight and quietly enjoy his victory, instead vowed to be an advocate for others fighting for their rights.

“I promise to continue to advocate for as long as it takes,” he tweeted, “for everyone to be able to live their authentic lives freely, in public, and without harassment and discrimination.”Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn. Check out my website.

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