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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trans Bathroom Case

Gavin Grimm
The Advocate

The SCOTUS's decision could have profound effects on anti-trans bathroom bills around the country.

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it would hear Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., a Virginia school's case against a transgender student fighting to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity.

Back in June, a federal appeals court voted against hearing an appeal on a lower court's decision to allow Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm to use the men's bathroom, prompting the Glousester County School Board to take their case to the Supreme Court.

The SCOTUS's decision could have profound effects on anti-trans bathroom bills around the country, but with the Supremes down a member and Congress apparently determined to hold out on naming Scalia's replacement until hell actually freezes over, it's anyone's guess what that decision will be.

According to the Advocate:

If the Supreme Court lets the Fourth Circuit ruling stand, it will reverberate beyond Gloucester County. It will become binding precedent for all five states in the circuit -- Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, and North Carolina. And it will strike down a portion of the latter state's infamous anti-LGBT House Bill 2.

Whatever and whenever the SCOTUS decides, one thing is sure: Gavin Grimm won't be around Gloucester High to see it, as he's graduating soon. Things don't look terrible for the high school student, however--he was recently named one of Time magazine's most influential teens.

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