The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that they will be soon weighing in on transgender rights, a step that will shine a bright light on the current trans controversies. The Court will review and come to a decision that will reflect and influence the LGBT bathroom discrimination laws that have been popping up across the U.S.
A school district in the state of Virginia is hoping that The Supreme Court will rule that the schools are permitted to force students to use bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates. The conflict started when a trans student, Gavin Grimm, who was born female began to identify as male after his freshman year of school.
He went on to change his name and underwent hormone therapy. Initially, the school principal was supportive and allowed Gavin to use the men’s room. However, once the school board stepped in, they reversed the principal’s decision and told Gavin to only use the women’s room or a single occupant restroom. In response, Grimm turned to the ACLU for representation and sued the Gloucester County school district.
Grimm won the law suit. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia ruled that a student can use the bathroom that matches his or her gender identity. And the Education Department issued a supporting letter that said “a school generally must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity.”
The school district is appealing this decision, though, which will now be escalated to The Supreme Court. The Court has put this case on hold and the case will likely to heard in the beginning of 2017. It will truly be ground breaking Supreme Court ruling.