In a major victory for the country's LGBTQ
students, the United States Supreme Court
denied a Virginia
school board's appeal to reinstate its transgender
The Supreme Court declined to hear the Gloucester County School Board's appeal on Monday, effectively upholding a lower court's ruling that the board acted illegally when it refused to allow transgender high school
student Gavin Grimm to use the bathroom that corresponded to his gender identity
The court made no comment on its decision, but Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas voted to hear the appeal of the board.
Grimm, who first sued the school board with the American Civil Liberties Union
in 2015, said on Twitter
after the ruling that he was “extremely, incredibly proud” and “honored to have been a part of this victory.”
I was barred from using the restroom at my high school when I was 15, and 6 years later, at 16, I filed a lawsuit
with the @ACLU/@ACLUVA in response to that discrimination
. Twice since then, I have won in court, and now it's over. We won. — Gavin Grimm (@GavinGrimVA) June 28, 2021
“I am relieved that my years-long battle
to have my school see me for who I am is over. Being forced to use the nurse
’s room, a private bathroom, and the girl’s room was humiliating for me, and having to go to out-of-the-way bathrooms
severely interfered with my education
,” Grimm said in an ACLU statement.
The ACLU echoed Grimm's sentiments, declaring the court's decision a victory for trans students nationwide.
“Let us be clear: This has never been about bathrooms; it has always been about trans students’ rights to be treated with dignity and respect,” the organization said in a tweet on Monday.
Grimm claimed that his school's policy violated Title IX
and the Equal Protection Clause by preventing him from using a restroom that corresponded to his gender identity, despite the fact that Title IX expressly prohibits sex
The civil rights
act states that “no person in the United States shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance on the basis of sex.”
On Monday, the Gloucester County School Board's attorney declined to comment to Stardia.