The United States Supreme Court has vacated a lower court’s ruling with regard to transgender rights.
The Supreme Court, in favour of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student from Virgina, has vacated the ruling of the lower court. The case centers around Grimm who wants the right to use the school bathroom, which corresponds to his gender identity.
This decision has been made merely three weeks before the high court was scheduled to hear the case of the Gloucester County school board versus the 17-year-old Gavin Grimm.
Grimm has told reporters that this decision is not the one they wanted. This is dragging the conversation out longer, and keeping kids in limbo for an extended period of time. But I am still as passionate and happy to be doing this as ever. We are as empowered as we’ve always been. If it took ten years, I’d still do it.”
According to the Washington Post, the reason for the decision for the court’s decision is as a result of the Trump administration’s roll back on protections for transgender students. As the government’s position has changed in this regard the court has ruled that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit should reconsider the case.
Further, the 4th Circuit has previously relied on the government’s guidance where it concerns letting transgender students use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. It will not be at those judges’ discretion to decide whether the prohibition of discrimination of the basis of sex extends to gender identity.
Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, has said:
“To be clear, transgender students are covered by Title IX and are entitled to the same rights and protections as every other student. But while this plays out in our courts, we are deeply concerned about the consequences this could have for transgender students, who may not be aware of their rights or be subject to increased discrimination by others who feel emboldened by the Trump administration’s recent actions. Now more than ever it is crucial for all of us to affirm to transgender students that they are equal, they are valued, and there are millions of people across our country who will have their backs, no matter what.”
However, the lawyers who represent Grimm have sought a hearing before the Supreme Court.
(Information sourced from LGBTQNation.com)