Supreme Court Stops Female from Using Male Restrooms

News: Government
by Joe Gallagher  •  •  August 4, 2016   

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WASHINGTON ( - The U.S. Supreme Court is not allowing a female to use male restrooms.

The High Court placed a temporary hold on a lower court ruling from April. Going by her male alias, Gavin Grimm, who sued her school for refusing to allow her to use the boys' room, has lost her appeal before the Supreme Court.

Grimm is 17-year-old who believes she is a man and that she should be treated as a man. Gloucester High School, where she is a student, initially allowed her to use male restrooms for close to two months until parents complained.

When the school stopped allowing her to use the male restrooms, Gavin lawyered up and took the school board to court — and won.

The April ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled in Grimm's favor by a vote of 2–1. It was "vindication for Gavin and a reinforcement of the Department of Education's policy," said Joshua Block, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), representing Grimm.

The Gloucester County School Board disagreed, and filed a petition with the Supreme Court requesting that it be allowed to keep its policies until the upcoming school year commences and the entire panel of justices on the Supreme Court could hear the case.

After the announcement of the 5–3 ruling (Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan voted in the affirmative for the lower court's ruling), Block expressed dismay.

"We are disappointed that the Court has issued a stay and that Gavin will have to begin another school year isolated from his peers and stigmatized by the Gloucester County school board just because he's a boy who is transgender. ... We remain hopeful that Gavin will ultimately prevail."

Grimm's supporters and other transgender students believe this is a violation of Title IX, which forbids discrimination on the basis of sex.

Those who agree with the school and believe Grimm should abide by her biological sex argue that parents have the right to insist on safety and well-being of their children, rather than having them subject to men in women's restrooms and vice versa.

Grimm will be entering her senior year this fall.


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