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Transgender Students and Sex-Separated Facilities

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Produced on June 23, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

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 

Credit Information

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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.


Kulsoom N.

please please please provide an update now that the Bostock decision has come out.

Terry N.

Presented did an OUTSTANDING JOB summarizing the body of law in this area.

edward b.

Excellent presentation

Maureen D.

I would recommend this program for all attorneys.

Linda C.

Very well done.

Beth D.

This was the best CLE I’ve ever listened to - just fantastic.

Craig H.



A superb overview of the topic and the law.

Miriam S.

Great class

Janice P.

Good overview of relevant terminology and history of the relevant case law.

Jeffrey B.

loved the students talking to board

Benjamin C.

Fantastic and highly informative CLE on a topic that many people lack knowledge and understanding of.

Deborah P.

Excellent, thorough, and vital material presented engagingly. I particularly appreciated the instructor's giving us the opportunity to hear directly from a transgender youth whose life is impacted by the legal issues discussdd. It made for a more effective and compelling presentation. I hope to see other instructors also incorporate first-hand experience from living experts.

cindy m.

The speaker has a firm command of his subject matter and the information provided was really informative, easy to understand and highly interesting. Thank you

Nancy O.

Great idea to show the videos of Gavin himself.

Howard P.

This is one of the best courses you have ever produced. It was insightful, educational, emotional and compelling. Thank you.

Andrea T.

Video clips of Gavin’s testimony incredibly moving and impactful and helped convey transgender experience for valuable context in which to view the legal precedent

Patrick M.

I would highly recommend this program. Mr. Block provided an excellent presentation, and I learned a great deal.

Andrew L.

Nice use of multimedia to make the course come alive.

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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