The Supreme Court was slated to hear the case of a transgender high school student, Gavin Grimm, on March 28th. Unfortunately, the court cancelled their review of his situation after the White House removed Obama’s guidance on trans discrimination.
Last year, an appeals court ruled in favor of Grimm, who was denied access to the boys bathroom in his school and fought the school board in court citing the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX. The case was to be escalated further to the Supreme Court for a final decision, but it will now be reassessed by a lower court.
Joshua Block, staff attorney at the ACLU’s LGBT Project and a lawyer for Grimm, said: ‘Nothing about today’s action changes the meaning of the law. Title IX and the Constitution protect Gavin and other transgender students from discrimination. While we’re disappointed that the Supreme Court will not be hearing Gavin’s case this term, the overwhelming level of support shown for Gavin and trans students by people across the country throughout this process shows that the American people have already moved in the right direction and that the rights of trans people cannot be ignored. 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.”
Kerri Kupec from the Alliance Defending Freedom organization has a different opinion. “It only makes sense for the Supreme Court to vacate the 4th Circuit’s earlier decision and instruct it to reconsider this case. The 4th Circuit should affirm the plain meaning of Title IX, which protects boys’ and girls’ privacy in locker rooms, showers, and restrooms,” Aliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Kerri Kupec said in a statement. “School officials should be free to protect their students’ privacy, safety, and dignity without federal government interference.”
Grimm spoke recently about how he felt about discrimination. “Right now transgender students are probably feeling alone and they’re probably they’re probably feeling afraid because their government has just basically said that the protections that they do have, they don’t feel they are deserving of still being there.”