In what’s being called a huge win for the transgender community, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has found gender dysphoria is protected by federal antidiscrimination laws, a first for a circuit court.

“Given Congress’ express instruction that courts construe the [Americans with Disabilities Act] in favor of maximum protection for those with disabilities, we could not adopt an unnecessarily restrictive reading of the ADA,” wrote Circuit Judge Diana Gribbon Motz in a majority opinion Tuesday.

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