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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Gavin Grimm will be back in a Virginia courtroom to fight against his former high school's transgender bathroom policy.

A federal judge in Norfolk will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Gloucester County School Board violated Grimm's rights when it banned him from using boys' bathrooms.   

The hearing is the latest step in a yearslong legal battle that has come to embody the debate over transgender student rights. The issue is far from settled across the nation.     

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year.

The Defense Department confirmed the policy change to the Capital Gazette on Monday. The school in Annapolis, Maryland, currently accepts transgender students and retains midshipmen who transition to another gender.

The change follows a policy shift under the Trump Administration to bar people who are transgender from serving in the military. The new policy applies to students enrolled in the 2020-21 school year and beyond.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Upset over comments on gender identity made by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and wife Becki Falwell, around 30 students protested at the Christian college's campus.

The News & Advance reports Wednesday's rally followed Friday's Conservative Political Action Conference roundtable featuring the Falwells and Donald Trump Jr.

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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.

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GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided at a public forum over the prospect of ending the policy

The Gloucester County School Board held a public forum Tuesday evening to discuss the possible policy change. It would allow high school students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A school board in Virginia that was willing to defend its transgender-bathroom policy all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court may finally give up the fight.

The Gloucester County School Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday. It will discuss the possibility of allowing transgender students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county board of education has settled a lawsuit with a transgender teen that it tried to block from using certain locker rooms.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports 16-year-old Max Brennan filed the lawsuit when his middle school barred him from using boys' facilities. A release by a member of the lawsuit says Talbot County defendants will pay $20 in damages. Brennan also will have permanent access to boys' facilities.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution guaranteeing equal rights based on sex.

The measure easily cleared the House on Thursday, one day after the Senate recalled and revised it.

The bill had failed to win Senate passage last month amid Republican concerns about possible hidden motives, such as guaranteeing taxpayer funding for abortions or granting special rights to transgender people.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A federal judge in Virginia has sided with a transgender teen who claims a school board's bathroom policies discriminated against him.

U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Tuesday declined the Gloucester County School Board's request to dismiss the case. The judge in Norfolk ordered lawyers for the school board and former student Gavin Grimm to schedule a settlement conference.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A study from Johns Hopkins Medicine has determined that the number of transgender people undergoing sex reassignment surgery has increased, as more insurers cover the procedures.

The Baltimore Sun reports the researchers behind the study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA surgery believe this is one of the first detailed looks into the number of people obtaining the surgeries.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers and a conservative group are criticizing Delaware's proposed nondiscrimination policy for transgender students in schools.  
 
The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, reported Monday that the proposal would let students self-identify their gender without telling their parents. Schools could also provide access to locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond with a students' gender identity
 
Democratic Gov. John Carney in July directed the Department of Education to come up with the policy.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker in Delaware has criticized a proposed policy that would protect the rights of transgender students in schools. His remarks have prompted Democrats to say they'll increase efforts to unseat him next year. 

WDEL in Wilmington reported Sunday that the proposed state policy would require schools to provide access to locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond with a student's gender identity.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Transgender woman Danica Roem (rohm), whose defeat of an outspoken, socially conservative lawmaker has made news around the world, is just one of several women who made history in this week's Virginia elections.

The state House is also getting its first Latina members, its first Asian-American woman delegate and likely its first openly lesbian member.

Altogether, at least 10 new Democratic women will be joining the House, and that number could tick up as races that were too close to call Wednesday go through recounts.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland education panel has voted to rescind taxpayer-funded vouchers for a school whose handbook outlines discriminatory policies against gay, lesbian and transgender students.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the state advisory panel for Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today voted Wednesday to disqualify the school from receiving public funds.

The vote means Trinity Lutheran Christian School in Joppa will not get any more scholarship money this year.

School officials could not be reached for comment.

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Governor John Carney has called on Delaware state educators to come up with anti-discrimination policies for transgender students in the public and charter school system.

The memo was sent to Education Secretary Susan Bunting calling for strong regulations that would prohibit unlawful discrimination against these students.

The new regulations are to be made available by November 1st for public comment.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports it is not clear how the state Department of Education would enforce the guidelines if there is noncompliance.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County school board has approved a policy to protect transgender students.

The Frederick News-Post reports the policy allows students to choose which bathroom to use. It also gives students options such as privacy curtains, access to private bathrooms and different schedules for changing clothes in locker rooms. Students may also participate in sports that align with their gender identity.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for a transgender teenager who sued his eastern Virginia school board for the right to use the boys' bathroom have filed a new brief arguing his case still is relevant even though he's about to graduate from high school. 

The filing Monday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that Gavin Grimm would be subjected to an illegal school board policy barring him from using the boys bathroom when visiting the school as an alumnus.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a bid to overturn protections for gay and transgender students at a northern Virginia school district.

Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, and a student filed a lawsuit after the Fairfax County School Board voted to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its non-discrimination policy. They argued that the policy is unlawful because such protections aren't included in state law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a transgender teenager who's suing his school board for the right to use the boys bathroom are asking that arguments be expedited so he might see a ruling before he graduates.

The filing Wednesday in Gavin Grimm's case comes two days after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order handing the case back to a Richmond appeals court without reaching a decision.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The 17-year-old at the center of a high-profile lawsuit over transgender students' bathroom access says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to back out of his case is a disappointment that will keep other students like him in limbo.

Gavin Grimm, a high school senior in Gloucester, Virginia, spoke to reporters Monday, hours after the justices handed his case back to a lower court without reaching a decision.

Grimm said that while he hoped for a different outcome, he's "just as empowered" as ever and ready to stick with it.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is handing a transgender teen's case back to a lower court without reaching a decision.
 
The justices said Monday they have opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives high school senior Gavin Grimm the right to use the boys' bathroom in his Virginia school.
 
The case had been scheduled for argument in late March. Instead, a lower court in Virginia will be tasked with evaluating the federal law known as title IX and the extent to which it applies to transgender students.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Virginia school board that wants to keep a transgender teen from using the boys' restroom at his high school is calling on the Supreme Court to delay consideration of the case to allow the Trump administration to weigh in.

A delay also could allow time for Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The Gloucester County school board says in a letter to the court that the justices should decide whether the federal anti-sex discrimination law for education applies to high school senior Gavin Grimm and other transgender students.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates in Virginia for a North Carolina-style transgender bathroom law are urging Republican lawmakers to give their full support to the measure.

Social conservatives joined with Republican Del. Bob Marshall at a Capitol news conference Thursday to promote legislation that would generally prohibit individuals from using a bathroom of the opposite sex in government-owned buildings. Marshall's bill would also require public school principals to notify parents with 24 hours if a child requests to be recognized as a member of the opposite sex.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting his record of a growing and diversifying state's economy.

But he warned lawmakers that progress could be undermined by socially conservative legislation on abortion and transgender issues.

McAuliffe's remarks came last night evening at the annual State of the Commonwealth, kicking off the start of the 2017 legislative session.

The Democratic governor asked lawmakers to work with him on helping the state become less dependent on federal defense spending.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order requiring future state contractors to agree to a policy that prohibits discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The order is similar to one McAuliffe signed when taking office in 2014 prohibiting discrimination against state employees.

The governor, a Democrat, said the order would make Virginia a more business-friendly state.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker has introduced legislation similar to North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, which has consumed that state for months and scared off businesses and sporting events.

Republican Del. Bob Marshall introduced the legislation Tuesday, sparking a strong pushback from civil rights groups who say the bill is discriminatory.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys' bathroom at his high school.

The Gloucester County School Board formally asked the high court on Monday to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the board's policy barring Gavin Grimm from the boys' restroom violates federal law.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A transgender inmate is accusing Delaware prison officials of denying her access to medically recommended hormone therapy, reading her legal mail and putting her in solitary confinement in retaliation for her legal complaints.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawyers for Kamilla Denise London filed a civil rights lawsuit in the Court of Chancery against Department of Correction employees last week.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boy's bathroom at his school until it decides whether to intervene in his case.

The high court agreed Wednesday to allow the Gloucester County School board to bar Gavin Grimm from the bathroom that matches his gender identity until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney for a transgender teen in Virginia is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to bar him from using the boys restroom when he returns to school this fall.

In a brief filed Tuesday in the high court, Josh Block of the American Civil Liberties Union says the Gloucester County School Board has failed to show that it will be irreparably harmed by allowing Gavin Grimm to use the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity while his case plays out in lower courts.

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