When Gavin Grimm starts his senior year on August 30, he’ll have to use the girls’ bathroom. Or a repurposed broom closet.
Gavin is a transgender boy. Last year, when he and his mom told school officials about his transition, the school agreed to treat him like the boy Gavin always knew he was. But the School Board objected, ultimately passing a regulation forbidding him from using the boys’ bathroom. Gavin sued and successfully got an injunction from the Fourth Circuit that prevent the Board from enforcing its new policy. But the U.S. Supreme Court, in turn, granted the Board’s request to keep the status quo in place until the Court decides whether to hear the Board’s appeal. So, while the Board works on its petition for review, Gavin’s got to use the girls’ room. Or that bathroom formerly known as a broom closet.
Gavin’s case is just one of several lawsuits in which transgender students’ rights are at stake. A district court recently put on hold the Obama Administration’s anti-discrimination policies for these students, which means Gavin’s predicament won’t be unique.