The United States Supreme Court won’t hear a case on the use of public restrooms at schools by transgender students.
By declining to hear an appeal in the case, SCOTUS essentially let a lower court ruling stand, which allows students to use a restroom at school that matches their gender identity.
Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, has waged a long legal battle with the school board in Gloucester County, Virginia.
At first, his school principal gave him permission to use the boys’ bathroom, but the school board disagreed, saying restrooms were “limited to the corresponding biological genders.”
The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal to a lower court ruling. The appeal claimed treating transgender students differently violates Title IX, a federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools. The Supreme Court’s action leaves Grimm’s lower court victories intact.
Stalls in a public restroom. Photo by Alpha Media Palm Springs