The US Supreme Court has canceled the hearing of trans student Gavin Grimm’s case to use the men’s bathroom in school.
Due to Trump’s administration throwing out Obama’s guidance that trans kids should be treated equally, the case has returned back to a lower court.
The justices were planning to hear arguments on 28 March.
A federal appeals could had ruled the school district had likely violated civil rights law by only saying ‘biological’ males can use the boys’ bathroom.
The appellate court based its decision on an Obama administration latter that interpreted federal law for protecting the bathroom rights of trans students.
Following this decision, the lower court will reassess the case by directly considering what is required by anti-discrimination law Title IX.
Joshua Block, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s LGBT Project and lead counsel for Grimm, said: ‘Nothing about today’s action changes the meaning of the law.
‘Title IX and the Constitution protect Gavin and other transgender students from discrimination. While we’re disappointed that the Supreme Court will not be hearing Gavin’s case this term, the overwhelming level of support shown for Gavin and trans students by people across the country throughout this process shows that the American people have already moved in the right direction and that the rights of trans people cannot be ignored.
‘This is a detour, not the end of the road, and we’ll continue to fight for Gavin and other transgender people to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.’
Grimm is in his last year at Gloucester High School in eastern Virginia. While he was briefly allowed to use the boys’ bathroom, he is now using the nurse’s restroom.
‘Right now transgender students are probably feeling alone and they’re probably they’re probably feeling afraid because their government has just basically said that the protections that they do have, they don’t feel they are deserving of still being there,’ Grimm told MSNBC in February.
‘When you are a high school student or just a student in general who doesn’t fit into any social norms or stereotypes, it can already be very difficult to get through life and avoid being bullied and stigmatized and avoid being discriminated against.’