The Supreme Court on Monday handed victory to a transgender high school student who sued his school to be able to use the boy’s bathroom.
The justices declined to take up the case involving Gavin Grimm, leaving in place a lower court’s ruling that a Virginia public school board acted unlawfully by making him use the female bathroom at his high school when he was 15 because it lined up with his biological sex.
The justices opted not to hear the Gloucester County School Board’s appeal of a 2020 ruling by the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Grimm is protected under the federal law that bars sex discrimination in education, known as Title IX, and the. Constitution’s requirement that people be treated equally under the law.
Grimm, now 22, was born female but identifies as male. He was allowed to use the boy’s bathroom in 2014 for several weeks until parents complained.
In response, he was then told he could either use the girls’ bathroom or a single private stall in a move the school said would respect the privacy of all students.
The Supreme Court’s decision to reject the appeal represents a victory for Grimm, who sued the school board in 2015.
The justices previously took up the case in 2016, but did not issue a ruling and sent it back to lower courts.
‘We won,’ Grimm wrote on Twitter. ‘I have nothing more to say but thank you, thank you, thank you. Honored to have been part of this victory.’
The brief court order noted that conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito would have taken up the case.
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Source: Daily Mail