Supreme Court Declines to take on Public Accommodations Case

Trans Student Rights

The Supreme Court declined to hear a lower court ruling giving Gavin Grimm yet another win for transgender students’ rights. The Gloucester School Board had appealed the 4th District appeals court ruling that Gavin Grimm was discriminated against when he denied use of the boy’s bathroom.

It all began in 2015 when as a freshman High school student Grimm began his freshman year as a trans man using the boys’ restroom, with the blessing of his school. But soon afterward without reason, Grimm was denied the use of the bathroom that aligned with his gender identity. Grimm and the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the 4th District, in which he won that right.

The School Board appealed that ruling to the appeals court which once again ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm. The Board appealed that case to the Supreme Court which once again declined and left in place the lower court rulings.

While not an outright victory the supreme court left in place three different appeals court rulings in separate cases that all found that trans students have the right to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.

The lower courts have used as guidance the Supreme Court’s decision last term that found LGBTQ workers are protected under federal civil rights law from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

In declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court leaves the 4th Circuit’s decision in place. Grimm had urged the high court not to take up the legal battle.

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