Transgender Durham student thrilled by federal court ruling

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A high school sophomore in Durham said Wednesday he was thrilled to hear about a federal court that ruled in favor of transgender student in Virginia.

Jasper Christie, 16, said he has experienced bullying and has worked out a bathroom arrangement at his school.

Under House Bill 2, North Carolinians must use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender on their birth certificate.

Jasper Christie of Durham on April 20. (WNCN)
Jasper Christie of Durham 

Christie wants to use the boys’ restroom at this school but instead an arrangement has been made that allows him to the men’s  staff restroom.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court in Richmond, Virginia, ruled that a Virginia school’s policy barring a transgender student from using the bathroom of the gender he identified with was discriminatory.

Christie said he was excited to hear about the ruling.

“It’s great when the federal courts are going to support trans students,” he said. “And I think it sets a great precedent for North Carolina, because we need to be supporting our transgender students the same way.”Christie said many people don’t understand how vulnerable transgender students feel in bathrooms, and the harassment and bullying they face.

Christie said many people don’t understand how vulnerable transgender students feel in bathrooms, and the harassment and bullying they face.

How the Virginia ruling impacts North Carolina remains to be seen. Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that he will have attorneys review the matter.

Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Republican from Wake County, said Wednesday, “I don’t think we really know yet what the impact might potentially be.  North Carolina certainly accommodates transgender students in the school settings currently.”

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