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Virginia School Board Delays Ending Transgender Bathroom Ban

Feb 21, 2019, 12:30 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:15 pm
DURHAM, NC - MAY 10:  Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca on May 10, 2016 in Du...
DURHAM, NC - MAY 10: Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — A school board in Virginia says it won’t take any immediate action to overturn its transgender bathroom ban after some community members spoke in favor of keeping it.

The board’s announcement Thursday comes two days after it met some resistance at a public forum over changing the policy. A policy was proposed to allow transgender high school students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

The Gloucester County School Board has considered ending the ban as a federal trial over the policy looms. Former student Gavin Grimm has been suing the district for discrimination since 2015 because the transgender teen was banned from using boys bathrooms.

The community appeared starkly divided at Tuesday’s forum. Some people spoke in favor of ending the ban, but many support it.

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Virginia School Board Delays Ending Transgender Bathroom Ban