Monday, June 28, 2021

Trans Victory

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 Justices Asshats Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said they would have taken the case, though they did not elaborate on their position.

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 …

USAToday

11 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A wonderful victory! Let's hope there are many more! This is especially comforting for me to learn today because I just got banned from someone's blog for supporting trans rights.

Bob said...

@Debra
Wow. Amazing that someone would do that. But then .... ignorance.

Dave R said...

That loud noise you hear? that's caused by bricks flying out of the asses of Evangelicals who thought loading the court was going to let them run America. I'm sure their rage is just beginning.

Mistress Maddie said...

I won't rock the boat either or complain. Everyone had their panties in a fluff over the USSC appointees, and yet some of those appointed have not given the conservatives bastards what they want yet...including that of the Dump.

And shame on Thomas...he of all should know better about equality. But I never trusted that four eyed sexual Harasser

Janie Junebug said...

Hadn't watched the news yet this evening so thank you for the information about this victory. Why not make all bathrooms gender neutral? It's not as if a MEN or LADIES key exists to get into the bathroom. As The Mamas and The Papas sang, Go where you wanna go . . .

Love,
Janie

uptonking said...

Heard about this on the news. Very surprised. I bet Clarence Thomas was the only one who was in favor of hearing the case. How wonderful. Now... where's the apology? That school owes this young man an apology. They got it wrong and they need to own it... and choke on it a little. Just a little.

the dogs' mother said...

Was very glad to hear of that
decision to pass!
xoxo :-)

Bob said...

@Dave
The MAGAts are angry, and I'm here for it.

@Maddie
Thomas also doesn't think same-sex marriage should be legal which is disgusting given the fact that he wouldn't have been able to marry his wife, who is white, if it been for the Loving v Virginia ruling.
He can [not so] kindly fuck off.

@janie
Here's an argument that stumps these Bathroom Bill loons ...remind them that the bathrooms in their own homes are gender neutral.

@upton
Sadly, even though the school's appeal won't be heard, I belie they still think they're right. They can do the same thing I suggested for Clarence.

@TDM
Another little Pride victory!

Helen Lashbrook said...

The original problem about trans people using toilets other than those designated for their gender at birth was a made-up issue that could have been sorted out in five minutes by rational people. Instead it got weaponised by bigots to further their own unpleasant agendas.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Yay!
This case has been EVERYWHERE.
Thomas is a stain in the fabric of this country.

XOXO

Jennifer said...

You got banned from someone's blog over supporting Trans rights? I hope this isn't a blogger I follow. ūüėě