Transgender Students and Sex-Separated Facilities

(187 Ratings)

Produced on: June 23, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Across the country, courts have held that schools may not discriminate against boys and girls who are transgender by barring them from using the same restrooms that other boys and girls use. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided not to review one of these cases, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. ("G.G."). As a result, these cases will undoubtedly continue to percolate through the courts in 2017 and 2018.

Join ACLU attorney Joshua Block, who represents the student in G.G. He will discuss the arguments made in G.G., focusing on the plaintiff's perspective. Additionally, he will also provide an overview of the current legal landscape overall, how we got to this point, and what lies ahead.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the legal protections for transgender people under Title IX and other statutes that prohibit sex discrimination
  2. Discuss the impact of restroom exclusions and the consequences for transgender students
  3. Identify key “cases to watch” currently pending in the federal courts 


Joshua Block is a staff attorney with the National ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Projects. He is lead counsel in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board—the first federal court of appeals decision recognizing that Title IX protects the rights of transgender students to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Josh was a member of the legal team that litigated Obergefell v Hodges and United States v. Windsor before the Supreme Court and has litigated cases seeking marriage for same-sex couples in Kansas, Missouri, Utah, and Virginia. 

Josh’s litigation docket covers a wide range of issues, including employment discrimination, attempts to use religion to discriminate, access to healthcare for transgender people, military service, and censorship and free speech. In 2012, he was named one of the "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40" by the LGBT Bar Association. Josh is a graduate of Amherst College and of Yale Law School. He clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Second Circuit.


Julie F.

The program was very informative and the speaker was knowledgeable. Great seminar

P. Sofia G.

This CLE was fabulous!

Siobhan C.

Fantastic!! We can all learn from Gavin. His speech was amazing. If it's right for him, I hope he will consider running for office.

Sophia B.

really good and insightful

Larissa C.


Allen A.

ACLU LGBT & HIV Project senior staff attorney talking about his own case! Top quality!

Jennifer D.

Very good.

shawn P.


Jamilee K.

I was deeply moved by Gavin Grimm's statements of the discrimination he's endured as a transgendered individual. I see these cases in an entirely new light. This is the only CLE I have ever watched or attended that made me cry.

Elisa A.

Very relevant subject. Well presented.

benjamin a.

he was very good and very interesting

Marvin S.


Jill A.

Excellent presentation

Herbert F.

Excellent Course

Gregory L.

Good presentation. The insertion of the videos was impactful.

Cynthia Coulter M.

I checked the case status and it seems to be making its way through the federal courts nicely. Thanks for a great presentation!

Donna L.

Truly excellent, in every way!

Jacqueline C.

Really good

Richard G.

An interesting, instructive presentation. (There should be a "N/A" category for the ratings. See 3rd question, concerning my legal responsibilities.)

Ann W.

A very timely course. The use of Gavin’s comments were powerful.

Lisa O.

Outstanding presentation on a subject with far-reaching consequences - explained well.

David S.

the speed of the presentation was both effective in hearing new material ALSO in note taking.. good job. DAS

Thaddeus A.

Great content!

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