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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trans Teen Fights to Change School Policies

This week, a federal judge in Virginia heard the case of 16-year-old Gavin Grimm. Gavin is transgender, and his family decided to sue the school after the school board prohibited Gavin from using the boys' restrooms at Gloucester High School. On Monday, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia also argued on his behalf. But public restrooms have long been a contested place in American life. The Civil Rights Act finally outlawed racial segregation in public places—such as restrooms—in 1964. Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project and a professor at Western New England University, explores how transgender rights fit into the American legal framework. Eli Erlick, a student at Pitzer College and the founder of Trans Student Educational Resources, helped craft California's legislation to prohibit discrimination against transgender students.

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Today's Takeaways: America's Tyrants, Roxane Gay, Rivals and Enemies

The Takeaway explores the "myth of the two-party system," author Roxane Gay discusses police brutality, and the debate that changed American politics.