If you were watching the Grammy Awards last night, you like all of us, saw Laverne Cox urge viewers to google Gavin Grimm while introducing Metallica and Lady Gaga.
Gavin Grimm was a high school student in Virginia who knew he was different since a young age. “I was dressing 100 percent male, barring when I was forced to do otherwise, since I was 11 or 12” Grimm told Metro Weekly.
At his sophomore years, he started using the boys’ bathroom. The school board held a meeting where Gavin was called a “freak” and compared to a dog that urinates on fire hydrants.
At that meeting, the board passed a policy that said bathrooms “shall be limited to the corresponding biological genders, and students with gender identity issues shall be provided an alternative appropriate private facility banning him from it.” The school installed a toilet in a broom closet and called it a unisex bathroom.
Grimm sued the school under Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972, that prohibits discrimination in schools “on the basis of sex”, Grimm was represented by the ACLU and they got the Department of Justice to intervene on his behalf.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case this year.
The Trump Administration could hist Grimm’s case by rescinding one of the key Department of Education directives that the Obama Administration issued.
On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a brief withdrawing its support for transgender student protections in a case in Texas.
What are the people of America going to do?