Supreme Court Tells Anti-LGBTQ Groups to Stop Misgendering Transgender Student

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While the Supreme Court still must rule on equal protections for transgender students, the court has at least decided one transgender issue—no misgendering.

According to Slate, the court’s clerk, Scott Harris, replied to amicus briefs from the Liberty Counsel and other groups that referred to Virginia trans teenager Gavin Grimm, who is fighting for the right to use the boys’ restroom at his school, as “she” and “her.”

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The court responded curtly that the briefs did not reflect the caption of the case, which correctly genders Grimm as he/him.

“Your cover is to reflect the caption of the case,” the response reads. “Please ensure careful compliance with this requirement in this and other cases in the future.”

It’s an awkward area for anti-LGBTQ groups, which now have to acknowledge Grimm’s transgender identity in order to file opposition briefs to his case calling for equal rights.

The reprimand does not reflect in any way how the court may rule on the case, but at least anti-LGBTQ groups will have to acknowledge transgender identities if they want their voices heard.

 

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