The Virginia Christian Alliance has been following the legal wrangling back and forths on the heated transgender bathroom issue in Gloucester. Gavin Grimm, the girl who thinks she is a boy is demanding her right to use the boys bathroom and boys locker room. Looks like she will be able to do that during her senior year beginning this fall. Compounding the Gloucester court battle is the May 13th, U.S. Dept of Education and Justice joint directive (press release) announcing their “joint guidance”,(which we recommend you download and read), as it lays down additional broad and sweeping requirements to 16,500 public school districts and 7,000 postsecondary institutions, as well as charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: Va Christian Alliance Responds to New Transgender Guidelines for Public Schools. 11 states are suing the Obama administration over its directive on transgender student access to public school facilities, firing the first shot in what is likely to be a protracted and messy legal battle over that guidance.
The Gloucester Update: On Thursday, June 23rd, Richmond Times Dispatch article by Louis Llovio
Judge orders Gloucester school system to let transgender student use boys' bathroom
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction allowing a transgender high school student in Gloucester County to use the boys’ restroom during his senior year, a ruling that could have national implications.
U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar on Thursday ordered the county’s school system to give Gavin Grimm use of the boys’ restroom as his lawsuit against the Gloucester School Board works its way through the court system...
Read entire article here which includes the following:
Donald Blake, chairman and president of the Virginia Christian Alliance, said Thursday that about a month ago he went to a meeting about the case at a Gloucester church that more than 100 residents and about a half dozen pastors attended.
He believes community members will be upset by the decision “because the government and the courts seek to normalize unnatural behavior. Behavior against God and nature.”
“When a single unelected judge, or two, or five create ... law at their will, it becomes judicial tyranny,” he said. “This child, who suffers from a medical mental disorder, is being used as a political pawn by those who are few in number (and) who wish to impose their will on the people who clearly don’t want it.”
At issue here: Should people suffering from “gender identity disorder” or GID be given special rights, such as using a gender specific public restrooms that are not their scientifically assigned gender? The transgender, or gender identity disorder (GID) GID is classified as a disorder by the ICD-10 CM and DSM-5 (called gender dysphoria).
On one side you have Gavin Grimm, the ACLU, Equality Virginia and special interests of the LGBT groups. Here in Virginia, you also have the Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring who are homosexualizing Virginia. Should mental disorders be granted special treatment that infringe on the rights of others, such as privacy rights? This is not the same as the civil rights struggle for black Americans, as black Americans should indeed have the same civil rights as other ethnic groups in America.
Expert Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, has stated that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, not surgery. With the LGBT adult population making up less than 4% of the general population and suffering from this gender dysphoria have the right to put boys into girls bathrooms and locker rooms and girls into boys bathrooms and lockrooms? Are parents justified in their fears for the safety and privacy rights for their children while attending public school?
I would believe if this transgender bathroom movement grows here in Virginia, more and more parents will be looking at education options for their children, such as homeschooling and private schools.
Here are the previous articles VCA has published on the transgender issue and below that are links to the two latest on this issue and the ACLU articles that promote transgender in public schools.
The ACLU filed suit The ACLU previously filed a federal discrimination complaint with the Department of Justice and Department of Education in December 2014. Right of Transgender Student to Use Appropriate Bathroom, G. G. v. Gloucester County Public Schools (U.S. Department of Justice).. Counsel: Rebecca Glenberg, Gail Deady, ACLU of Virginia; Joshua Block, ACLU National.
On October 28, 2015, five amicus briefs were filed on behalf of the plaintiff.
Court Documents (click the link to view .pdf)
Complaint – Department of Justice – December 18, 2014
Complaint – U. S. District Court – June 16, 2015
Motion for Preliminary Injunction – June 16, 2015
Brief in Opposition to the Motion for Preliminary Injunction – U. S. District Court – July 7, 2015
Reply in Response to the Brief in Opposition – U. S. District Court – July 14, 2015
Judge’s Opinion in Denial of Preliminary Injunction – U.S. District Court – September 17, 2015
Opening Brief on Appeal – U.S. Court of Appeals – October 21, 2015
This issue will most likely be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States.