The case has been going on for months. It's labeled G.G. v Gloucester County School District, in the interest of the privacy of the transgender student who has none.
College applications and high school graduation are the biggest worries for most 17-year-olds. For Gavin Grimm, it's waiting for the nation's highest court to decide whether he can use the boys restroom.
For now, Grimm will have to continue using a private single-stall restroom or a bathroom in the nurse's office. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided in April with Grimm, but the Supreme Court recently ruled that the school board can keep him out of the boys restroom at least until the justices decide whether to hear the school board's appeal.
When Grimm filed his lawsuit in 2015, he anticipated a quick legal fight, with the school board ultimately backing down, he said. He had no idea the case would rise all the way to the Supreme Court, thrusting him into the center of the polarizing debate over transgender rights.
It's absolutely a burden. I'm a 17-year-old. I'm just a person like anybody else. There's nothing really extraordinary about me that would really make it ideal for me to be the one that's doing this.
The school board — which is urging the Supreme Court to hear the case — says it's a privacy issue. They note that they have tried to accommodate Grimm by creating a unisex restroom, but Grimm says forcing him to use a separate bathroom than his peers is humiliating.
I'm not unisex. I'm not other. I'm a boy
Grimm could graduate high school as early as January, and the Supreme Court isn't likely to decide whether it will hear the school board's appeal until sometime this fall.
If the court decides it take it up, the prohibition on him using the boys restroom will remain in effect until there's a final ruling. If the Supreme Court denies the school board's petition for review, a lower court order requiring the board to let Grimm use the bathroom of his choice will be reinstated.
Poor wording, "bathroom of his choice." Bathroom for the gender he identifies with. Gender is not something we choose on a whim. It is what we live with.
In my case, high school was kind of ruined for me. I guess my aim now would be to hope that other kids — other trans kids in my situation — will be able to enjoy high school because they won't have to worry about fighting for the ability to use the correct restroom.
Gavin plans to go to college, but has not determined where. His immediate focus is on getting out of Gloucester.
I've been bullied all my life, and I have a lot of things here that I'd like to distance myself from. It's not a positive place for me to be and if I can get out, I want to get out.