GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- The Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time when it hears a case involving a Gloucester teen who’s suing the school board over what he says is his right to use the bathroom of his choice.
“It was just inappropriate and uncomfortable. I felt creepy almost,” Gavin Grimm says about using the girl's bathroom at Gloucester High School. Two years ago Gavin, who was born a girl, filed suit against the Gloucester County School Board for his right to use the boy's restroom.
“People have forgotten that we started out trying to just use the bathroom and we got pushed into all of this,” says Deirdre Grimm, who is Gavin’s mother.
Gavin and his case now have the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court adding to already ongoing national attention, which 13News Now Investigative reporter Laura Geller asked him about during an exclusive interview.
“It’s unfortunate that the conversation had to evolve to the point that this is now a national discussion,” he says.
In 2014, Gloucester High School initially allowed him to use the boys bathroom but stopped weeks later after some community members expressed concern. A lower court then ordered the Gloucester County School Board to accommodate Gavin, but the board appealed.
“I think that there's a lot of support for transgender people and them using the right bathrooms, but that doesn't get laws passed," Gavin says. “It doesn't make sure that people are going to be treated correctly. It takes a lot more than that, unfortunately.”
The Supreme Court is expected to make its ruling next year.
Laura Geller will have much more of her exclusive interview with Gavin and his family Thursday November 3 on 13News Now at 11.