Human Rights Campaign President on Supreme Court Denying Certiorari for Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board

by Aryn Fields

WASHINGTON — Today, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari for Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, a case regarding discriminatory bathroom usage policies by schools against transgender students. The lawsuit was filed by plaintiff Gavin Grimm against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia for a policy that excluded him from using the restroom that aligned with his gender identity, under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the Virginia district court’s ruling that Gloucester County School Board's restroom policy violated Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause by discriminating against Grimm when the school prohibited him from using the restroom consistent with his gender identity. The case was appealed by the school district to the Supreme Court.

Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:

The decision to deny certorari affirms that transgender students are protected by Title IX. Everyone has the right to high-quality, public education without the fear of being discriminated against simply for being brave enough to show up as you truly are. This is a battle Gavin Grimm has been fighting for over four years—we are grateful that his resilience, courage and determination has finally been rewarded. Congratulations to Gavin!

Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President

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