The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal in the case of a transgender student who petitioned to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. The lower courts had found in favor of the student using the bathroom that pertains to their gender identity, and the SCOTUS refusal to hear the case means that the lower court ruling stands.
Gavin Grimm was born biologically female, but has been identifying as male since his first year in high school. Grimm had discussed bathroom use with the school's principal, and had been granted permission, but then the Gloucester County, Virg. school board intervened, passing a blanket regulation requiring students to use the bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex.
SCOTUS ruled that they would not hear the case, and also decided not to officially comment on the matter. Dissenting opinions were those of Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, according to NBC News.
"This is an incredible victory for Gavin and for transgender students around the country," commented Josh Block, a senior attorney with the ACLU. The ACLU has been litigating on behalf of Grimm.
"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.
"Trans youth deserve to use the bathroom in peace without being humiliated and stigmatized by their own school boards and elected officials."