March 3, 2017
Statement of GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu on States’ Amicus Brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G:
I’m incredibly proud to see the Attorneys General of all six New England states standing up for the rights and safety of transgender students by signing on to this powerful brief before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Freedom and equality are strong New England values, and the region has long been a leader in protecting the equal rights of all residents. I’m thrilled to once again see Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont firmly on the right side of history when it comes to the rights of transgender people.
The New England Attorneys General joined those from twelve other states and Washington D.C. in a brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of Virginia transgender high school student Gavin Grimm in his challenge to a school board policy barring him from using the boys’ restroom at school. The states told the Court: “Discrimination against transgender people has no legitimate basis, and serves only to injure a group that is feared for being different.”
Gavin Grimm is represented by the ACLU. The Court is set to hear oral argument in the case on March 28. The states’ brief can be read here.