Supreme Court Allows VA School District to Discriminate against Transgender StudentAugust 3, 2016 • 5:29 pm
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court today approved an emergency appeal from the Gloucester County, VA, School Board that will allow the district to break with federal guidance and deny Gavin Grimm, a transgender male student, access to the appropriate restrooms and facilities when the school year begins.
The Court’s intervention runs contrary to a Fourth Circuit ruling earlier this spring, which affirmed Grimm’s right to safely access the appropriate restroom. That ruling is based in growing legal precedent – and just a few months ago, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (ED) issued non-binding guidance to schools, reminding them that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 extends nondiscrimination protections to transgender students.
The Virginia school is now free to continue discriminating against Grimm pending resolution to their appeal of the Fourth Circuit ruling.
Matt McTighe, Freedom for All Americans executive director, issued the following statement:
“It’s unfortunate that Gavin will return to his school this fall and will not be treated fairly or equally. Every single student deserves to go to a school where they feel safe, respected and nurtured. The Fourth Circuit’s previous ruling was based in growing legal precedent, and we hope that ongoing appeals will recognize the original finding. School administrators have a responsibility to advance policies that enrich all of their students – including their transgender students. It’s disappointing that a handful of officials in Gloucester County are going out of their way to discriminate against Gavin.”
Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.