G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board
GLAD, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Goodwin Procter LLP have filed an amicus brief on behalf of medical and mental health associations in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a case filed in federal district court in Virginia by the American Civil Liberties Union involving a 16-year-old transgender Virginia boy whose use of the boys’ room prompted the school board to enact a policy excluding transgender students from using the same restrooms as their peers.
Written on behalf of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the nation’s leading clinics specializing in serving transgender youth, Dr. Norman Spack of Boston Children’s Hospital, and a number of other prominent doctors and medical and policy organizations with expertise in adolescent and transgender health issues, the brief takes a close look at research on child development of identity, and the role of schools in supporting – or thwarting – healthy development, and makes the case that being able to use the same bathroom as other students at school is critical for the healthy development of transgender adolescents.