(THE BLAZE) – A Virginia school board will pay more than $1.3 million to the American Civil Liberties Union after losing a court battle involving a transgender student who sued the school over its bathroom policy.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, the Gloucester County School Board on Thursday agreed to pay the ACLU the full amount of costs and fees associated with its representation of one of its former students, Gavin Grimm, marking the end of a lengthy six-year legal fight.
In 2015, Grimm – who was born a female – sued the board after Gloucester schools prohibited her from using the bathroom of her choice. The district had implemented a policy that required students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their biological sex rather than their gender identity. In the lawsuit, the ACLU argued the school's policy left Grimm feeling "stigmatized and isolated" and violated her constitutional rights to equal protection under the law.
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