Supreme Court docket Will not Hear Case on Transgender Rest room Rights


The Supreme Court denied a motion by a Virginia school board to reinstate its policy prohibiting transgender boys from using the boys’ bathroom.

As is the practice of the court, there were no grounds for rejecting the appeal. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. said they granted the school board’s request for a Supreme Court review.

An appeals court ruled that the policy violated the Constitution and federal law by banning student Gavin Grimm from using the same toilets as other boys. The school said Mr. Grimm could use a private bathroom.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a previous appeal on the case, but dismissed it in 2017 after the Trump administration changed the federal government’s position on transgender rights. The Biden government has since passed guidelines to protect transgender students.

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of transgender people for the first time, saying that a federal employment discrimination law applies to LGBTQ workers. But Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, who wrote for the majority, said the ruling did not apply to access to toilets.

“We don’t pretend to address bathrooms, changing rooms or anything like that,” he wrote.

Mr. Grimm welcomed the rejection of the appeal of the school authorities by the Supreme Court in the Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, No. 20-1163.

“I’m glad my years of struggle to ensure that my school sees me for who I am is over,” he said. “To be forced to use the nurses ‘room, private bathroom, and girls’ room was humiliating to me, and I had to go to secluded toilets, which severely affected my education. Trans young people deserve to use the toilet in peace without being humiliated and stigmatized by their own school authorities and elected officials. “