PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Pulaski County mother is relieved by the Supreme Court rejecting a Virginia school board’s appeal to reinstate its transgender bathroom ban, marking a victory for the LGBTQIA+ community as Pride month wraps up for 2021.
On Monday, June 28, the Supreme Court decided to leave in place a lower court’s ruling, finding the Gloucester County School Board’s transgender bathroom ban unconstitutional.
The case stemmed from a former Gloucester County high school student, Gavin Grimm, fighting for his rights after being barred from using the boy’s restroom and being required to use restrooms that corresponded with his biological sex or private bathrooms when he was just 15.
For a Pulaski County mother, bathroom use is a concern near and dear to her heart. She says her son, a high school student, fears for his safety so much so that she chose not to reveal her identity at this time.
“He’s honestly fearful, that someone’s gonna hurt him or even kill him for who he is,” she shared.
It has even affected him deeply in his day-to-day life in school.
“I found out that he dehydrates himself so that he doesn’t have to use the bathroom at school because a group of girls, previous to all of this, refused to let him come into the girls’ bathroom because he didn’t fit the gender norm of a girl,” the mother said.
Even though her son was assigned female at birth and knew it was not how he felt, he was not sure how he identified at first. He came out to his parents as non-binary at first, but then he realized that that term did not fit how he felt either.
“He just basically came to us and said, ‘Now I’ve figured out that I’m actually transgender, and I feel like I’m a boy,'” his mother explained.
This was something that did not come as a surprise.
“It wasn’t just a little bit of hints here and there,” said the mother. “It was just, all of a sudden, we had a definition for what we’ve known his whole life.”
His stepfather was more than happy to accept this fact, even pushing to educate others, saying, “As big as the world is, not everyone is going to understand this, and that’s fine they don’t have to, but we’re trying to educate as many people as we can that, this is something that happens to a person you know biologically, and maybe even physiologically.”
However, for both parents, the love they feel for their son is crystal clear.
“The easiest part of this whole entire road is loving my child, and accepting my child for exactly who he is,” his mother said.
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