An appeal filed by a 16-year-old transgender student who is suing a Virginia county school district over its restroom use policy will be argued before a federal appeals court next month.

Gloucester High School junior Gavin Grimm is asking the court to reverse the recent denial of an injunction that would have allowed him to use the boys' restroom at the start of the school year. The Daily Press (http://bit.ly/1U0BFVy) reports a hearing is scheduled Jan. 27 in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

Last week, officials from six states — Arizona, Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, North Carolina and South Carolina — filed friend-of-the-court briefs backing the Gloucester County School Board.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Grimm.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com/