US transgender student wins years-long battle over school bathroom rights

US transgender student wins years-long battle over school bathroom rights

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Monday awarded a final victory to a transgender student who struggled for years to use the boys’ bathroom at her high school.
Supreme US court refuses to hear appeals brought by Virginia School officials protested against allowing transgender teens to use bathrooms showing their identity.
As is customary, the court did not give reasons for its decision, but two of its nine judges – both conservatives – said they would have accepted the appeal.
Decision A federal appeals court last summer ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identified as male.
The court ruled that his high school violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing him to go to boys’ bathrooms.
“I am glad that my years-long fight for my school is on to see me who I am,” said the 22-year-old, who began his legal battle at the age of 15.
“Trans youth deserve to use the bathroom calmly without being humiliated and stigmatized by their own school boards and elected officials,” she said in a statement.
Transgender rights are the subject of fierce political battles in America between progressives and conservatives, and the “toilet war” was one of the most prominent episodes in recent years.
Former President Barack Obama’s administration asked public schools to allow students to use toilets and sports locker rooms according to their gender.
But his successor, Republican Donald Trump, rescinded those guidelines in February 2017.
Recently, conservatives seeking to preserve traditional gender norms have shifted their offensive to stadium access for transgender athletes and medical care for transgender minors.

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