Today, the Supreme Court said it will not hear the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student in Virginia who was banned from using the boys’ restroom by the Gloucester County School Board. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
Selisse Berry, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, issued the following statement:
“Freedom from discrimination is an American value. There’s a reason that 82% of Fortune 500 businesses oppose proposals that target transgender people for discrimination, and that governors in some of the most conservative states have vetoed them. These policies hurt travel and tourism, jeopardize jobs, and threaten businesses.
“While the Supreme Court will not be hearing the case at this time, the outpouring of support for Gavin in friend-of-the-court briefs from private corporations and other allies was historic and underscores the expansive breadth of support for transgender people from businesses as well as legal scholars, civil rights groups and others. We remain optimistic that the courts will reach the same conclusion as these organizations and so many Americans: transgender students should be able to live and learn without being targeted or excluded—as all LGBT people should be able to thrive in their schools, jobs, and daily lives.”