In a devastating turn of events, the Supreme Court decided on March 6 that they won’t be hearing Gavin Grimm’s huge case on transgender rights after all. Here’s what it all means — and why it’s a major step backwards.
The Supreme Court has sent Gavin Grimm‘s case back to the states, as the New York Times reports. It was agreed on back in October that the case would be heard this month, but today, March 6, a one-sentence order has undone that. The major case would have been the first one concerning transgender rights that the Supreme Court would hear.
Gavin, who came out as transgender during his sophomore year of high school, began using the boy’s restroom at his Virginia school until the board stepped in and passed a policy forcing him to use a unisex bathroom. He sued the Gloucester County School Board for violating Title IX, which prevents sex discrimination in schools, and his case was set to be heard this month. Now, the SCOTUS has reneged on that decision.
Of course, this all comes on the heels of the Donald Trump administration rolling back Obama-era federal guidance — protection, if you will — concerning public schools allowing transgender students to use their bathroom of choice. Now, Gavin, who has fought at nearly every level to use the high school bathroom that he feels most comfortable in, finds his case being sent back to the lower court for “further consideration”. Not exactly progress.
The LGBTQ+ community and its allies are understandably heartbroken and outraged at this development. “Gavin Grimm’s case absolutely deserves to be heard by SCOTUS **THIS SESSION**. Trans equality is a human rights issue,” one user tweeted. “I’m with you #GavinGrimm & all transgender youth whose rights have been denied by Trump’s administration,” another wrote. You can learn more about the case here.
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