NCTE Statement on Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board
The Supreme Court today declined to hear Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, a case regarding discriminatory bathroom policies by schools against transgender students. This decision allows lower court decisions in support of transgender students to stand.
“No child should have to advocate for their own rights, but because of Gavin Grimm’s bravery and tireless advocacy, today marks an incredible victory for both Gavin and for transgender students across the country,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Deputy Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Trans students deserve an educational environment that is safe, supportive and free from discrimination. We thank Gavin and we will honor his legacy by continuing our work to achieve fairness and dignity for all students.”
The case originated in 2015 when Gavin Grimm, then age 16, filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for a discriminatory policy in violation of the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by schools. After four years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of Gavin on all his claims. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the ruling in favor of Gavin on August 26, 2020.