Supreme Court shuts down school’s appeal in transgender bathroom case

The Hill reported this week that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a school board’s appeal regarding its rule on transgender bathroom use, effectively ending the case. 

The dispute began in 2015 when Virginia student Gavin Grimm filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board. At issue was whether or not Grimm could be denied entry into the boys’ restroom on the grounds of being biologically female, rejecting the private bathroom designated by the school as a compromise.

School district loses bid

A federal district court sided with Grimm, as did the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled last year in a 2-1 decision that the requirement for students to use the restroom matching their biological sex violated Title IX, a federal law barring gender discrimination.

According to Fox News, Grimm, who is now a 22-year-old political activist, began attending Gloucester High School in the fall of 2014.

While school administrators initially permitted Grimm to use the boys’ restroom, complaints from parents prompted the school board to ban the practice.

Although given the option to use a separate, gender-neutral bathroom facility, Grimm rejected the offer, claiming that using a private restroom was stigmatizing.

Judge Henry Floyd wrote in the 4th Circuit’s opinion that the school board’s policy represented “a special kind of discrimination against a child that he will no doubt carry with him for life.”

Ben Shapiro opines

Grimm, who serves as a board member for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and regularly calls for abolishing the police on his Twitter account, celebrated the decision in a series of tweets.

“I was barred from the bathroom at my highschool 7 years ago, when I was 15,” Grimm wrote. “Twice since I have enjoyed victories in court, and now it’s over. We won.”

Too many people played integral roles in our success and too many people who loved me so much,” the former student continued. “I have nothing more to say but thank you, thank you, thank you. Honored to have been part of this victory.”

However, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro offered a vastly different viewpoint, arguing on Tuesday’s episode of his daily podcast that the SCOTUS ruling will put women at risk by making it more difficult to maintain female-only spaces.

In its decision to reject writ of certiorari, the Supreme Court noted that Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, both conservatives, expressed a desire to hear the school board’s appeal.

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