TLDEF Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Send Gavin Grimm’s Case Back to Fourth Circuit

Today, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund responded to news that the United States Supreme Court has sent the case of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board back to the Fourth U.S Circuit Court of Appeals.

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The Supreme Court also vacated the Fourth Circuit’s previous decision in favour of Gavin Grimm. Grimm is a transgender 17-year-old from Virginia who is challenging the Gloucester County School Board’s discriminatory policy that prohibits transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. His lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia, argues the bathroom policy violates Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by schools.
Statement from TLDEF Executive Director Jillian Weiss

“We see today’s Supreme Court action as a routine action, given changed circumstances. It simply means there is another opportunity for the Fourth Circuit to decide the case. The court previously ruled in Gavin’s favour and it will now have another chance to do the right thing. Last week TLDEF submitted a groundbreaking brief (www.transgenderlegal.org/headline_show.php?id=855) in this case on behalf of 101 transgender Americans, delving deeply into the lived experiences of transgender citizens, highlighting the positive contributions they make and articulating the immense harms of denying transgender people basic human rights like using bathrooms. TLDEF will continue to speak out for trans youth and fight on for trans rights.”

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