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GMHC Statement in Response to the Supreme Court










March 7, 2017
Contact: Danielle Filson | 646-335-0443 |

New York, NY–GMHC released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to vacate the ruling in favor of Virginia transgender student Gavin Grimm who wants to use the boy’s bathroom. This follows the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the federal government’s guidance to public schools about bathroom policy, which was issued by the Obama administration.

The Supreme Court’s decision to vacate the ruling in favor of Virginia transgender student Gavin Grimm is a giant step backward and a clear and troubling violation of transgender rights. GMHC urges the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to maintain their original ruling allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with the student’s gender identity. We will continue to fight for social justice for the transgender community and to keep public schools safe spaces for all children, regardless of the gender they identify with.


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