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Trans Activist Gavin Grimm Elected to ACLU Board of Directors

Gavin Grimm

The trailblazer will continue to fight for equality nationwide.

Trans activist Gavin Grimm has been elected to the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union.

"I am honored to announce that I have been elected to the ACLU Board of Directors for a one year term!" he announced on Twitter. "I am elated, and I will work hard to do this position justice. Thank you to the ACLU and to everyone who has supported me through my fight."

Grimm became a national figure while still in high school when he waged a legal fight for the right to use the boys' restroom at Gloucester High School in Virginia.

He started that effort in 2014, while still a sophomore in high school. But it wasn't until August of last year that a federal judge finally ruled that the Gloucester County School Board, in denying Grimm's request, had infringed on his Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the Constitution and violated Title IX by discriminating against him based on sex.

Grimm could not benefit from that ruling as he graduated in 2017, but it set a legal precedent and direction for districts in the future. The school district also was required to change Grimm's high school transcripts to reflect his gender as male, something the district previously refused to do.

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