Color me a rainbow of surprise this morning when I learned that the Supreme Court declined to hear the dispute over whether schools may bar transgender students from using a bathroom that reflects their gender identity, permitting a lower court ruling against those prohibitions to stand.
It’s a win for our trans bothers and sisters, y’all, and just a day after the anniversary of Stonewall.
At issue in this case was whether federal anti-discrimination law applied to LGBTQ+ students. The Gloucester County School Board in Virginia argued its policy of requiring transgender students to use unisex bathrooms was permitted under a 50-year-old law that prohibits discrimination at schools that receive federal funding. But, by not taking the case, the Supreme Court, without comment, let stand a ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that found the school’s policy discriminated against Gavin Grimm, a transgender man who was denied access to the boys’ bathroom years ago when he was a high school student.Grim said, via Twitter:
“I was barred from the bathroom at my high school 7 years ago, when I was 15. 6 years ago, at 16, myself with the [ACLU] filed suit in response to that discrimination. Twice since I have enjoyed victories in court, and now it's over. We won. I am glad that my years-long fight to have my school see me for who I am is over. Trans youth deserve to use the bathroom in peace without being humiliated and stigmatized by their own school boards and elected officials."
The Supreme Court did not rule on the underlying legal questions and experts say more cases involving transgender rights will arrive at the high court as conservative states pass a bevy of laws restricting trans rights. In addition, Associate
I guess because their position is rather clear: anti-LGBTQ+.
But who cares about that now: we won. Our trans brothers and sisters won.
The march goes on …