Gavin Grimm, a trans teen from Virginia, recently took the media spotlight as an advocate for trans rights when he challenged the school board of Gloucester, Virginia. In the case, Grimm is arguing that a federal anti-discrimination law, known as “Title IX,” should cover transgender students in that they should be able to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Grimm was aiming for the Supreme Court to decide the fate of his case. Unfortunately, it appears that will not happen.
The Supreme Court has decided to not to rule on the case. Instead, the case will be decided in the lower court of the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia.
This is undoubtedly disappointing news for anyone that supports trans rights. A successful Supreme Court ruling would have been a stunning achievement for equal rights across the country.
Put into perspective, however, true progress is rarely achieved without significant opposition. We’ll just have to see how things play out in the lower courts