Did the Supreme Court Really Just Issue an Emergency Order to Stop a 17-Year-Old Transgender Boy From Using the Boys Bathroom at School?

The Supreme Court granted an “emergency” stay yesterday to stop Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender boy from Virginia, from using the boys’ restroom at school.

Gavin has facial hair, a deep voice, and a state ID that identifies him as male. In every aspect of his life outside school, he is recognized as the boy that he is. But when Gavin goes back to school for his senior year of high school, he will be singled out from every other student and forced to use a separate single-stall restroom that no one else is required to use. 

According to his school board, Gavin’s mere presence in the boys’ restroom is a violation of other boys’ privacy. No one, including the school board, thinks it would be appropriate for a boy like Gavin to use the girls’ restroom. So the school board converted a couple of old utility closets into single-user restrooms that Gavin must now use to “protect” other students from his mere presence. He has been shamefully forced to use a separate restroom or the restroom in the nurse’s office for the past two school years.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Gavin bravely took his school district to court, arguing that the school board’s policy violates Title IX, the federal statute that protect students from being excluded from school programs and resources on the basis of sex. The United States Department of Education and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed with Gavin as well. As a result of the fourth circuit’s ruling, Gavin was preparing to begin his senior year with a fresh start. He would finally be able to use the restroom without being isolated.

Sadly, that won’t happen. Even if the Supreme Court ultimately decides to let the lower court’s decision stand, Gavin will have had to spend most of his senior year forced to use a separate restroom from the rest of his classmates, simply because of who he is.

If you ask the school board why they are going to all this effort just to stop one kid from using the restroom, they will tell you that this is about more than Gavin. It is about what happens when a transgender student uses the locker room (even though Gavin doesn’t take gym and transgender students across the country use the locker room all the time without incident) or a transgender student wants to use the showers  or about stopping a non-transgender boy from pretending to be a transgender girl to sneak into the girls’ restroom (even though schools administrators across the country report that this doesn’t happen). They will say this is really about a host of fears, and hypotheticals, and far-fetched scenarios. They will say it is about anything else but Gavin.

Try telling that to a 17 year-old kid who was just told by the United States Supreme Court that the prospect of him using a toilet in the “wrong” restroom was an emergency that could cause irreparable harm.  

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Anonymous

If a person thinks they're a dog, then should they shit outside ? I don't care if a pretty woman wants to go into men's bathrooms but I wouldn't want uglies like Ellen Lee DeGeneres and Rosie T. O'Donnell shitting in any bathroom as they're ugly so Ellen & Rosie can shit in diapers. Ellen Lee DeGeneres & Rosie T. O'Donnell both probably like to have farting & shitting contests in bathrooms, so Ellen & Rose both want to do battleshits contest in men's bathrooms since women's toilets got dirtied by them.

Truth about homosexuality's dangers don't change and truth must be told though information war is lost. Homosexual/lesbian conduct is bad for health like tobacco & needs to be treated like tobacco use by adults. If willing & knowing adults want to use tobacco or do gay/lesbian conduct, then that's their life, but it must be treated as harmful like tobacco is. I know what APA, mainstream psychologists & psychiatrists say about gay/lesbian conduct, but they are ideologues. I think that they must make it a crime to do sex changes.

Chris Green

After giving your thoughtful and intelligent post careful consideration, here is the detailed,enlightened, and respectful response that it deserves:

Fuck you.

Anonymous

You're an ignorant bigot. All major medical associations agree that sexual orientation is not a choice and is not a mental illness, including: American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. If one twin is gay, there is a 52% chance that the other twin will also be gay (should be ~5% to 10%). This indicates a genetic attribute to sexual orientation. Studies have also shown that fetal hormones are either the primary influence upon sexual orientation or as a co-factor interacting with genes. It's not a preference.
I like to ask: When did you choose to be straight?
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Anonymous

Don't you have math homework to do before soccer practice?

Sam

Pretty tough talk, Anonymous. I think there should be a law that anonymous trash talkers have their names and pictures posted. It would certainly cut down on the number of big-mouths on the internet.

Daniel

Brave anonymous internet commenter shares hateful rhetoric. If only we were all as brave as you.

Anonymous

You are so ignorant.

Anonymous

This is an excellent job of trolling. I salute your ability to rile up everyone here. If you by some chance meant this seriously, you really need to work on your persuasion skills. If not, your work here is done.

Annoyed

Not only are you imaginatively ignorant, its also a prime example of what our schools should really be worried about. Learn how to use English! That way the next time you want to spew your garbage all over the internet, hopefully you won't sound like a 3rd grader.

Anonymous

It's a troll, folks. Someone who actually believes Ellen and Rosie have farting contests wouldn't take the time to look at the ACLU's website to find an article where they could share their truly enlightened theory.

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