A school in Virginia can block a transgender male from using the boys’ toilets when term starts next month, the US Supreme Court ruled.
In a 5-3 decision, the court put on hold a lower court ruling that ordered the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia to let Gavin Grimm (pictured) use the toilet that matches his gender identity.
The school board is expected to ask the justices to further intervene in the case later this month.
The decision means the teenager will be barred from using the boys’ toilets for at least the first half of his senior year, said Josh Block, an lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union who is representing him.
“The school board welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision as the new school year approaches,” the Gloucester County School Board said.
“The board continues to believe that its resolution of this complex matter fully considered the interests of all students and parents.”
The school board plans to formally ask the Supreme Court to review the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case by the end of August and then it will be months before the justices decide whether to do so.
Mr Block said he is disappointed the teen will have to begin another school year being “stigmatised and isolated from the rest of his peers just because he is transgender”.