This is HUGE! For the 1st time ever, the supreme court will take on the issue of transgender rights in a monumental case involving a school board in Virginia that wants to prevent a transgender teen from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school. And although the case won’t be heard until next year, this COULD be a huge step for the entire LGBTQIA community.
Gavin Grimm is a 17-year-old who was born female but identifies as male, and his Virginia high school won’t let him use the boys’ bathroom. So for the first time, the supreme court is hearing a case involving transgender rights, which is a BIG deal! The justices said on Oct. 28 they will hear the appeal from the Gloucester County school board at some point next year. Unfortunately for Gavin though, this means he won’t be able to use the boys’ bathroom in the meantime.
At issue is whether a Virginia high school student is allowed to use the boys’ bathroom. https://t.co/g2aMhnfFX6
— NPR (@NPR) October 28, 2016
Back in August, a lower court had actually ordered the school board to accommodate the teenager, but the justices ended up putting that order on hold while they considered whether to hear the appeal. And two years earlier, in 2014, Gavin WAS allowed to use the boys’ restroom at his high school for several weeks. But then the school changed its mind after some parents complained. Pretty awful, right?
It was then that the school board adopted a policy requiring students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom. The Obama administration is totally on Gavin’s side though since his argument is that the policy violates Title IX, a federal law that bars sex discrimination in schools.
“I continue to suffer daily because of the school board’s decision to make my bathroom use a matter of public debate,” Gavin said in a column published in the Washington Post. “I feel the humiliation every time I need to use the restroom and every minute I try to ‘hold it’ in the hopes of avoiding the long walk to the nurse’s office.”
Also in Gavin’s favor, the US education department says transgender students should be allowed to use restrooms and locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identities. And among the issues in the case is whether the department’s guidance should have the force of law.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — how do you think the Supreme Court will rule?