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Transgender student's battle divides rural Virginia town

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GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) -- A rural Virginia county is divided over a transgender student's demand to use the boys' restrooms at the local high school.
   
It's a modern issue for a county that takes pride in its history, dating back to 1651.
   
Sixteen-year-old Gavin Grimm is suing the Gloucester County School Board, which adopted a policy requiring him to use either the girls' restrooms or a single-stall, unisex facility open to all students. In an interview with The Associated Press, Grimm called the policy humiliating and ostracizing.
   
A recent sampling of local opinion revealed a variety of outlooks. Some say a person with female anatomy shouldn't be allowed in men's restrooms. Others see no harm.
   
Pastor Fred Carter told the school board that Grimm's quest is "the civil rights issue of this generation."

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