The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to consider a groundbreaking case about the rights of transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their sexual identity, NPR has reported.
Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old Virginia high school student, is the plaintiff in the case and came out as transgender as a freshman. The school principal initially allowed him to use the boys’ bathroom, NPR reports, until parens began to complain. The school board then adopted a policy requiring students to use restrooms that correspond with their biological sex or a separate single-stall restroom in an office.
Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. will take up the issue of whether the U.S. Department of Education was permitted to interpret the federal prohibition on sex discrimination in schools codified by Title IX of the U.S. education code to also encompass discrimination based on gender identity. The Fourth Circuit previously found that the DOE has the right to interpret Title IX, and the Gloucester County School Board filed its petition for Supreme Court review in August.
“If you told me two years ago that the Supreme Court was going to have to approve whether I could use the school restroom, I would have thought you were joking,” Grimm wrote in an Oct. 27 op-ed in The Washington Post (which ran a day before the Court announced it would take up Grimm’s case sometime next year). He continued: “”I feel the humiliation every time I need to use the restroom and every minute I try to ‘hold it’ in the hopes of avoiding the long walk to the nurse’s office. And the humiliation can come when I least expect it.”
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