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Federal judge rules against Virginia school's bathroom rule on transgender students

Gavin Grimm says he'll use the victory as a platform for more advocacy

Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME

A federal judge ruled against a Virginia school board's ban on transgender students using the bathroom associated with their gender identity choice.

Transgender student Gavin Grimm sued the board, claiming that the ban had discriminated against him.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen agreed in the ruling on Friday.

"There is no question that the Board's policy discriminates against transgender students on the basis of their gender noncomformity," Allen said. "Under the policy, all students except for transgender students may use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity.

"Transgender students are singled out, subjected to discriminatory treatment, and excluded from spaces where similarly situated students are permitted to go," Allen concluded.

Grimm, now 20, lives in California, having moved from Virginia after he graduated from the high school in 2017.

He called the ruling "beautiful," and indicated that he would use the legal victory as a springboard to continue advocating for the transgender agenda.

"My case has given me something of a platform that I intend to use, as long as I have it available to me, for trans education and advocacy," he said to NBC News.

Here's a local news report about the finding:

Court rules school board violated transgender student Gavin Grimm's rights in bathroom case www.youtube.com

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