Who is Gavin Grimm and Why Should We Care

A US Supreme Court Case

Who: Gavin Grimm is a 17 year old transgender boy from Gloucester, VA

What:  Gavin, along with ACLU and ACLU of Virginia, has filed a lawsuit against Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The case has now moved as a state case to the highest court.

Where: US Supreme Court

When: March 28, 2017

Why is this important to us? You might be thinking “well I’m not trans, this won’t affect me,” and that is precisely the type of thought that allows the progress we’ve made as LGBT citizens roll back. More than ever, now is the time to stand with our trans brothers and sisters as this could affect trans people for generations. According to the ACLU, in 1986, we fought a similar case of discrimination when the Supreme Court upheld criminal bans on sexual activity between consenting adults of the same sex. The decision was a blow to the dignity, humanity, and survival of the LGBT community. It took 17 years to invalidate those bans. We still have time to not make that same mistake.

What can we do to help? Donate to the ACLU if you can. Follow Gavin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GavinGrimmVA and #standwithgavin and share to all your friends. Stay vocal, be seen in public and social media with your support, don’t be afraid to stand up for those who need us now.

For more information, continue to follow Gavin’s story below.

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/23/516858583/whats-next-for-transgender-rights-lawsuits-with-school-guidance-rescinded

References:

https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/supreme-court-case-could-affect-trans-lives-generations

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/gavin-grimm-supreme-court-case-interview

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