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Supreme Court denies certiorari in case involving transgender student

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Washington State Human Rights Commission was pleased to hear of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari in a case involving a student’s right to use the restroom facilities that correspond to their gender identity.  On Monday, June 28, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, ending the case addressing a school district policy prohibiting transgender students from using the restroom that corresponds to their identified gender.  This denial   leaves in place the lower court’s ruling that the school board illegally discriminated against Grimm, who is transgender, when it denied him the right to use the boy’s bathroom and instead required him to use separate facilities.  This provides further support to the ideal that transgender students should be able to obtain an education free from discrimination and harassment.  This has long been a settled principle in Washington under the Washington Law Against Discrimination, which protects transgender individuals from discrimination.  If you or your child have been discriminated against or experienced harassment at school due to transgender status, contact the Human Rights Commission, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, or the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Office