Photo by Matt Seger

Shut Out of Bathrooms, a Trans Boy Fights for His Rights in High School

Vinnie struggled to find his identity—but now his school won't treat him like all the other boys.

Apr 13 2017, 5:35pm

Photo by Matt Seger

"Youth, Interrupted" is a series on trans teens in the United States whose lives have been dramatically disrupted by anti-trans "bathroom bills" and other political battles. Watch and read more from the series here.

Vinnie Holt lives in the Hellmouth of the anti-transgender bathroom debate: Charlotte, North Carolina. He attends a progressive school, but because of contradictions in the law at the state and federal level— as well as a lack of clarity from the government—he and other trans students aren't allowed to use the school's facilities like other students.

Trans teens are like any other teenagers you'll meet. They're funny, awkward, emotional, beautiful, intelligent, and talented. Their future awaits as they come of age—but unlike their peers, trans teens like Vinnie are seen as collateral in a national debate around gender norms. These anti-trans policies, and the current uncertainty that surrounds them, is leaving students like Vinnie to fend for themselves as they try to to receive an education.