Medical Associations, School Administrators, and More Submit Briefs to the Supreme Court in Support of Transgender Student

When then-15-year-old Gavin Grimm testified before his school board two and a half years ago, he didn’t anticipate that his fight to simply be himself would land him at the Supreme Court. And just a few short months from now, his case could change the legal landscape of transgender rights for generations.

Gavin Grimm is a boy from Gloucester County, Virginia, whose school board voted to bar him from the common restrooms that all other students use just because he is transgender. In November of 2014, he stood before his school board to explain his situation.  “All I want to do is be a normal child and use the restroom in peace, and I have had no problems from students to do that — only from adults,” he said to the board and those in attendance, many of whom feared or despised him. “I did not ask to be this way, and it’s one of the most difficult things anyone can face. … I am just a human. I am just a boy.”

With incredible poise and determination, Gavin stood up for himself as a room full of people called him a “freak,” debated his body, and voted on his rights. No young person — no person — should ever have to endure the indignities that Gavin faced that day. Now, Gavin is no longer standing alone before a school board. He is standing before the nation’s highest court with unprecedented support from individuals and institutions from across the country.

Today’s amicus, or friend of the court, filings in support of Gavin reflect an overwhelming consensus that trans people are a vital part of public life and that expelling trans people from restrooms, locker rooms, or any other space is intolerable discrimination.

Briefs filed in support for Gavin include:

  • A brief from medical associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, and many others, reflecting the scientific and medical consensus that transgender individuals must be treated consistent with their gender identity
  • A brief from school administrators from schools in 31 states and the District of Columbia explaining that treating trans students consistent with their gender identity poses none of the speculative problems that opponents of trans people raise
  • A brief from over 100 domestic violence and sexual assault prevention organizations from across the country urging the court to uphold protections for transgender individuals under Title IX
  • A brief from students, both transgender and non-transgender, explaining that fully including transgender students in school life only enhances the school experience for all students and leads to none of the fears raised by opponents of trans people
  • A brief from over 90 transgender individuals speaking about their experiences as doctors, lawyers, artists, educators, scientists, public servants, and more as well as explaining how policies like Gloucester County School Board’s prevent them from fully participating in society.

What the briefs show, especially when compared with the minimal filings in support of the school board, is that this issue isn’t scary or complicated.

Treating transgender individuals as human beings is something that people have figured out in schools, workplaces, governments, and organizations across the country. At women’s colleges, in the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts, even in advocacy before the Supreme Court itself, transgender people exist, participate, and thrive.

Join us and #StandWithGavin. 

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Anonymous

Thanks again, ACLU, for your ongoing fight for individual civil rights. It is incredible to me that we still have these medieval prejudices in 2017; but clearly we are not as enlightened as we might have hoped. I am heartened by the recent boost in funding for ACLU; I am pitching in a few more bucks for this battle. Fight on, fight on.

Anonymous

I'm going to join you and kick-in some extra money today.

Anonymous

I truly do not see the big problem with allowing Gavin Grimm to use the restroom of his choice.
I am a straight, 62-year-old woman, who quite frankly, would not take issue with society introducing "Unisex Bathrooms". Bathrooms have STALLS, so people HAVE PRIVACY. So, then, where lies the problem?
Well, actually, the problem lies in IGNORANCE.......
BEST OF WISHES TO YOU, GAVIN, AS THE ACLU STANDS WITH YOU BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT. YOU COULD NOT HAVE A BETTER GROUP OF LAWYERS!

Anonymous

There is something wrong with a man thinking he is a woman or a woman thinking she is a man. It is mutilation with dangerous hormones. Most transexuals were sexually abused in childhood which messed up their minds and transexuals sexually abuse children. Transexuals are mutilated gays and lesbians. I don’t care what others say but mutilating a man or woman to make them fake members of opposite sex is gay/lesbian. And gay/lesbian groups are apologists for Transexuals which is why the word T is there. They must abolish this surgical mutilation.

All transexuals are homosexual/lesbian as the act of mutilating to become false opposite sex is itself an act of homosexuality/lesbianism-sad maiming and make this illegal. Finally, sex change maimings which is mutilating some1 to make them fake members of opposite sex is comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Most feminists are not speaking against this. 1 would hope that feminists would oppose the mutilation that happened to Chastity Sun Bono as feminists have spoken against Female Genital Mutilation which happens in some nations. Transexuals are mutilations which no Dr. should take part in, yet most feminists are not condemning this female genital and breast mutilation as what happened to Chastity S. Bono where her healthy breasts were mutilated, dangerous hormone shots and her genitals mutilated.

Anonymous

Good thing you know more than the AMA. SMH.

Anonymous

You poor uniformed, brainwashed, pitiful soul.
How empty and sad your life must be.
You need help.

Marian

Wow, it must be nice to be such an expert on genetics and gender identity, why aren't you on a national scientific board or something?
Oh,yeah....because you know absolutely nothing outside of your narrow-minded,uninformed opinion.

Juli

I don't understand how anyone could accuse a child who just wants to be free of discrimination a dangerous person.

Anonymous

Whatever sex you were born as is how God made you-please use the correct bathroom--it is really that easy!

Anonymous

I'm a nonreligious person who sees something wrong with homosexual & lesbian conduct & I think that they must make it a crime to do sex changes. Even if orientation doesn’t change, it’s best for gays/lesbians to be celibate just as it’s best for a person with tobacco orientation not to smoke. If homosexuality is inborn as some scientists believe, then it would be a birth defect.

Never have I heard straights blame childhood sex abuse for reasons a man has sex with a woman and fathers children with her. Yet sometimes have heard gays and lesbians say childhood sex abuse is reason they do same sex behaviors. Sex abuse in youth can cause people to behave in ways. It’s not controversial to talk of nightmares, suicides, bed wetting often a result of sex abuse in youth. Yet when 1 talks gay/lesbian behaviors in adulthood because they learned this sexual behavior by being repeatedly molested, then gays with politically safe psychologists complain. The politically correct psychologists who deny this know it’s possible for a boy to turn out gay as a result of childhood sex abuse, yet deny what they know is true. Of course, not all who are sexually abused in youth become gay in adulthood-but the risk is higher.

Homosexual/lesbian conduct needs to be marginalized such as smoking/tobacco use is. I know my view offends homosexuals, but most smokers do not get offended by negative views of tobacco use. So homosexuals/lesbians have to hear others give negative views of their sex lives, because there is something wrong with this just as there’s something wrong with smoking.

Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy must be available for a drug junky who wants to become clean. For a therapy to have best chance of success, the patient has to want it for themselves. If a person goes into therapy because he or she is pressured by peers into this, they are usu. not going to last long because they don’t sincerely want it. If a kid is a junky and he or she doesn’t want therapy to quit drugs, then it’s usu. going to fail because they don’t want it. You can not force a person into therapy minus a court order and even if you do, if they don’t sincerely want it, it’s usu. will fail. While repair therapy to treat gayism, lesbianism often fails, using what you ask, we also should not have repair therapy to treat smoking, drug junkyism, etc. because that often fails. Minors can not be forced into therapy against will-minus a court order such as requiring medicines for a minor who does not want medicines.

Yes, it should also be the right of homosexuals and lesbians not to go into repair therapy just as I support right of tobacco users not to have repair therapy to quit smoking and I support right of any lucid person to refuse medical care such as if a lucid person’s a heart attack victim and does not want open heart surgery, then it should be their right to refuse this. Yes, proof burden is on repair therapists, but if you aren’t going to have repair therapy for homsexuality/lesbianism, then you may as well not have repair therapy for drug junkyism or drunkardism, because such therapy often fails and high relapses. Is it possible for a homosexual or lesbian to change sexual behavior and sexual orientation to heterosexuality? There are gays and lesbians who sincerely believe they changed to heterosexuality and without contrary proof only they know.

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