Gavin Grimm didn’t make it to the US Supreme Court but he did make it through high school.
The transgender teen from Virginia juggled his studies with a landmark legal case that centered on his battle to use the bathroom at school matching his gender identity.
The case was slated for the US Supreme Court but got thrown back to a lower court after the Trump administration rescinded federal guidance designed to protect transgender students.
‘Making it to graduation from Gloucester High School hasn’t been easy, since the local school board and some community members made it clear that they’d rather I not go to school and live my life in my community like any other student,’ Grimm writes in an essay for Medium.com.
‘There were plenty of days where I didn’t want to go to school at all, because I didn’t want to face the same discrimination all over again. But I did it. I’ve finally graduated, and I’m proud of that.’
The landmark case made Grimm a national hero to the LGBTI community and its allies and he could be seen at rallies and on television shows.
Despite the attention his case brought to the bathroom issue, Grimm can’t help but feel frustrated with where things currently stand.
‘I have to face that I’m not going to see justice done before I leave high school,’ Grimm writes.
‘And as I graduate, for now, the rule stands that every other trans student in Gloucester is banned from using the restroom that matches their gender identity as well. But across the country, there’s hope for trans students like me.’
He adds: ‘As my court case continues at the 4th Circuit (and might wind up back in the Supreme Court again), other cases like mine are popping up across the country. A recent decision by the 7th Circuit in Wisconsin ruled that the school district in Kenosha has to let a trans boy use the boys’ restroom in his school. The ruling said the school district’s initial refusal to let the student use the bathroom that matches his gender identity was a violation of Title IX. That’s the same argument my lawyers from the ACLU are making.
‘Our opponents can’t stop justice; they can only delay it. The law is on our side.’