A Virginia transgender person has won a years-long court battle against his old high school for refusing to allow him to use male facilities when he was a student.
“I’m relieved that my years-long battle to have my school accept me for who I am has come to an end,” Grimm said in a statement. “It was humiliating for me to be compelled to use the nurse’s room, a private bathroom, and the girl’s room, and having to use out-of-the-way facilities interfered with my schooling. Transgender students need the right to use the restroom without being humiliated and shamed by their school boards and government officials.”
The Gloucester County School Board claimed that gender identity is not protected under federal civil rights legislation and that Grimm was still physically a female since he had not undergone sex-reassignment surgery.
“At this time, the Gloucester County School Board has no comment on the denial of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari before the Supreme Court of the United States in the Grimm case,” the school board said in a statement to ABC News.
The 4th Circuit United States Court of Appeals rejected such arguments last year, ruling that the 14th Amendment’s equal protection provision and Title IX protect transgender students from school restroom rules that prevent them from expressing their gender.
The appeals court majority stated in its ruling, “The finest moments of the federal courts have been when we support the rising ideals of our brilliant young, rather than maintain the biases of the past.” “What a flimsy guarantee of equal protection, which would leave Grimm vulnerable to his adult community’s fanciful worries and unjustified prejudices. It’s time to take the next step.”
The Biden administration restored a Trump-era ban of sex discrimination in schools earlier this month, expanding Title IV protections to cover transgender and homosexual kids.
“The denial of certiorari confirms that Title IX protects transgender students,” said Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “Everyone has the right to a high-quality, publicly funded education without fear of discrimination just for being bold enough to show up as themselves. Gavin Grimm has been battling this battle for almost four years, and we are pleased that his perseverance, strength, and drive have finally been recognized.”
When Grimm originally filed the complaint against the school in 2015, ABC News interviewed him. He is currently 21 years old and attending college.