A transgender student born female who is suing a Virginia school district over not being allowed to use boys’ restrooms was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” Seventeen-year-old Gavin Grimm is embroiled in a lawsuit against Gloucester County School District over being denied entry into restrooms designated for boys and is refusing to use one of three single-use gender neutral restrooms on campus.

In a piece authored by activist Jamie Mock in Time magazine, Grimm was described as being influential for being involved in what many believe could be a landmark court case. “Gavin is the cherubic face of a reductive, dirty debate about trans people’s right to exist in public spaces without hostility, harassment and violence,” wrote Mock. “So many are made to feel as if they should hide, pretend or perish. Gavin’s refusal to be treated unjustly is an enduring reminder that we will not be stalled.” READ MORE