Sunday, June 03, 2018

Here We Go Again, And You Thought That It Was A Done Deal

Its back to court we go with the Grimm’s case, the Gloucester County School Board is not settling out of court.
Virginia school board appeals decision in landmark transgender bathroom case
Chicago Tribune
 Moriah Balingit The Washington Post
June 1, 2018

The Virginia school board that was sued by a transgender student over its bathroom rules said Friday it is appealing a federal judge's decision.

Gavin Grimm, now 19, sued the Gloucester County School Board when he was a high school sophomore. Grimm, who is transgender, said the school board's policy barring him from using the boys' bathroom was discriminatory.

Late last month, a federal judge ruled in his favor, saying that the board's policy violated Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in public schools, and the Equal Protection Clause, which assures parity under the law.

In a brief filed Friday, the board's attorney, David Corrigan, challenged the ruling. Corrigan argued that Title IX does not protect the right of transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity. He said the board's policy, which requires students to use bathrooms according to their "biological sex," is constitutional.
Grimm's case was appealed to the Supreme Court by the school board, and the court was set to hear it in spring 2017. But the Supreme Court sent Grimm's case back to a lower federal court after the Trump administration reversed the guidance on transgender student rights.
And now we are heading back to court…
"The vast majority of courts have already made clear that these discriminatory and harmful policies violate Title IX," Block [Joshua Block of the ACLU] said. "We're confident that the 4th Circuit would agree.
This is going all the way to the Supreme Court.

When it get to the Supreme Court my guess is that the ruling will be very narrow, just on the bathroom and locker room issues and leaving out the broader issue of if Title IX covers us.

Tonight is trans night “shorts” at the CT Out Film Festival and I will be there. A group of us are going out to dinner first and then to Trinity College’s Cinestudio to watch the movies.

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