The Supreme Court Sends Transgender Student's Case To Lower Court
A setback for Gavin Grimm, a Virginia student who is seeking to use the school bathrooms that align with his gender identity, has been given courtesy of the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
On Monday, the Supreme Court sent the case involving the transgender high school student back to a lower court. What this means is that the case will go back down to a court of appeals and will remove the possibility that the Supreme Court will hear it this term.
This comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s change in policy which revoked Obama-era guidance on protections for transgender students in public schools. With this leaving the lower courts having to answer the question of whether federal law should apply to how to treat gender identity discrimination — the Supreme Court’s announcement leaves them to answer the question first.
“While we’re disappointed that the Supreme Court will not be hearing Gavin’s case this term, the overwhelming level of support shown for Gavin and trans people cannot be ignored,” Joshua Block, an ACLU attorney representing Mr. Grim said. “This is a detour, not the end of the road, and we’ll continue to fight for Gavin and other transgender people to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Keep in mind, last April, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Grimm, so, we shall see if the LGBTQ community can bounce back from this setback in a meaningful way.