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RICHMOND, Va. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has denied a request for an en banc review of an April decision by a panel of the same court that found that Title IX protects the rights of transgender students to use sex-segregated facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. In that case, a three-judge panel ruled in favor of a transgender student who challenged his high school’s discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use “alternative, private” facilities.

“Now that the Fourth Circuit’s decision is final, I hope my school board will finally do the right thing and let me go back to using the boys’ restroom again,” said Gavin Grimm, the high school junior who is the plaintiff in the case (pictured). “Transgender kids should not have to sue their own school boards just for the ability to use the same restrooms as everyone else.”

Today’s decision supports legal arguments being made against North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which prohibits transgender people, including public school students, from using public single-sex facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. In a federal lawsuit, the ACLU of North Carolina, American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal argue that HB2 is illegal because it violates Title IX and the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. North Carolina is in the Fourth Circuit.

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RALEIGH – A new online video campaign portrays real North Carolinians in everyday situations – “mundane moments” – that could be threatened by state laws that enable discrimination.

The “Mundane Moment” campaign launched this week with videos portraying lesbian parents, a Muslim couple, and a transgender woman – all real North Carolinians – in various family situations. The videos aim to highlight a North Carolina law that allows government officials to deny marriage services to couples if they cite a religious objection, as well as the absence of any North Carolina laws protecting transgender people from various forms of discrimination. 

The three videos and more information about these issues are available at MundaneMoment.org.

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This op-ed originally appeared on ncpolicywatch.com

by Angela Gilmore

Six years ago, I moved to North Carolina to accept a one-year teaching position at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro. My wife, also named Angela, and I, had just made the final repair on our home in Florida, where we planned to live for the rest of our lives. But during my year in North Carolina, I fell in love with the state, and I began looking for a job that would allow Angela and me to relocate here permanently.

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The Board of Directors of the ACLU of North Carolina today announced that it has hired Karen Anderson as our organization's new Executive Director.

A passionate civil libertarian with a strong leadership background, Karen is joining us from New Hampshire, where she has spent the last 15 years as Director of Administration and Finance for the Office of the New Hampshire Public Defender. In that role, she had primary responsibility for all corporate, financial, and business matters, including strategic planning, human resources and more.

Karen is also no stranger to the ACLU: she currently serves as President of the Board of the ACLU of New Hampshire and previously served as that affiliate's representative on the National ACLU Board.

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