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Transgender rights: US Supreme Court takes up school bathroom case

A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access is seen in the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina on May 3, 2016. Photograph: (Reuters)

Agencies Washington, DC, United States Oct 29, 2016, 03.18 AM (IST)

The top court in the United States on Friday agreed to decide on a highly sensitive question about which toilets should be used by transgenders. 


For the first time, the US Supreme Court said that it will rule on the transgender rights after a Virginia public school district filed a case to prevent a female-born transgender high school student from using the boys' bathroom, international news agency Reuters reported. 


Gavin Grimm, 17, who was born a female but identifies as a male, filed a suit in 2015 to challenge the case, according to international news agency AFP.  


"I never thought that my restroom use would ever turn into any kind of national debate. The only thing I ever asked for was the right to be treated like everyone else," Grimm said in a statement, Reuters reported. 


The case, to be argued and decided before the end of June, will be one of the biggest of the court's term, according to the international news agency. 


"The court's decision to take the case means Grimm will not be able to use the boys` bathroom before graduating from high school next year," Josh Block, Gavin's lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, was quoted as saying by Reuters. 


Public schools in the US should grant access to toilets and locker rooms based on the gender with which a student identifies (instead of the birth gender), the Obama administration has said. 


The approach, however, has been approached by more than a dozen Republican-controlled states that are challenging the federal government in court.


(WION with inputs from agencies) 


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