A Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boys' restroom when school starts next month, the US Supreme Court has ruled.
In a 5-3 decision, the high court put on hold a lower court ruling that ordered the Gloucester County School Board to let Gavin Grimm use the bathroom that matches his gender identity.
The decision means Grimm will be barred from using the boys bathroom for at least the first half of his senior year, said Josh Block, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who's representing Grimm.
The school board says it plans to formally ask the Supreme Court to review 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Grimm's case by the end of August and then it will be months before the justices decide whether to do so.
Block said he's disappointed the teen will have to begin another school year being "stigmatised and isolated from the rest of his peers just because he is transgender."
But he said he remains hopeful that Grimm will ultimately prevail in the case.
Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, was allowed to use the boys restroom at his high school for several weeks in 2014 but after some parents complained, the school board adopted a policy requiring students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom.
Earlier this year two Wellington colleges said they were installing gender neutral bathrooms to meet the needs of transgender students.