SCOTUS Sends Trans Student Rights Case Back to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
March 6, 2017
Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced it is remanding the transgender student rights case Gloucester County v. G.G. back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals following the Trump Administration’s withdrawal of guidance to schools clarifying the treatment of transgender students under Title IX.Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, issued the following statement: “While it is disappointing that Gavin Grimm and transgender students across the country will not soon get a definitive ruling from the Supreme Court concerning their right to an equal education, today’s action by the Court is not surprising. The current administration’s withdrawal of school guidance removed the legal foundation on which the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision rested. In response, the Supreme Court acted today consistent with its ordinary protocol of allowing lower courts to fully address an issue before stepping in. While it is impossible to predict outcomes, I am optimistic that the lower court in this case will resolve this matter in favor of Gavin just as courts across the country have done in similar Title IX cases brought on behalf of other transgender students.” GLAD will continue advocating with and for transgender students everywhere to ensure their rights are respected.