As you may recall, the U.S. Supreme Court had indicated that it would not consider the transgender bathroom discrimination case of Gavin Grimm, the Virginia transgender student whose school told him he had to use the bathroom that corresponded with his biological gender. Grimm had sued the local school board claiming his rights had been violated, and many called on the highest court to review the case. The court announced it would not review the case, however, after the Trump administration removed key protections for LGBT.
Gavin Grimm has responded by going to the remaining branch of government, the U.S. Congress, for justice. Last week, Grimm appeared on Capitol Hill, speaking to the House Judiciary Committee. Grimm told the committee that the guidance set forth by the Obama Administration: “…had a very simple message: treat trans students with dignity and respect them for who they are…. The decision to withdraw the guidance sent a terrible message to some of the most vulnerable people…. That President Trump – the leader of our country – and his administration do not care about protecting you from discrimination.”
Grimm is referring to the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the protections to transgender students that the Obama Administration previously provided by extending Title IX civil rights to cover gender identity discrimination. It is not clear if Congress will respond by legislating protections for transgender students, but it is unlikely under this current Congress.