Virginia high schooler Gavin Grimm was set to have his case against his school district heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Grimm, a trans student, said the school district was violating his civil rights by not allowing him to use the boy's bathroom, since he was assigned female at birth. However, SCOTUS just announced they wouldn't be hearing the case. And it's all because of Donald Trump.
The case will be returned to the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and according to the ACLU, it was in light of Trump's rescinding of Obama's guidance that Title IX explicitly protect trans students from discrimination.
Grimm's case has widespread support from corporations, cities, non-profits, and nearly 200 members of Congress, and will be the U.S.'s first major decision on whether transgender people are included under sex discrimination laws. The case is also about more than just bathrooms. Rather, it's about trans students' (and by extension, all trans people's) right to exist in public spaces. As Dr. Katherine Greenberg, Associate Professor of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Rochester, told ELLE.com, "The beauty of extending Title IX protections to trans students is it says on a policy level that you are safe." Rescinding those protections, or refusing to hear a case, sends the message that trans rights don't deserve to be explicit.
"It definitely hurts to hear your government saying that you're not deserving of protections that you should have as a transgender student," said Grimm of Trump's order. In a statement, Joshua Block, senior staff attorney at the ACLU's LGBT Project and lead counsel for Grimm, said, "This is a detour, not the end of the road, and we'll continue to fight for Gavin and other transgender people to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve."
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