(Washington, D.C.) Today the Supreme Court decided to send a major case on transgender rights—G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board—back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration last week withdrew its guidance clarifying that schools had to provide a nondiscriminatory environment to transgender students and allow them to use bathrooms that matched their gender identifies.

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, NWLC Senior Vice President for Program and President-elect:

“Today’s order is a blow to transgender students who will live in limbo for another year worrying whether the country’s highest court will uphold their basic civil rights. But with or without guidance, the federal law Title IX protects students from anti-transgender discrimination. Schools are required to respect transgender students’ identities, refer to them by their correct names and pronouns, prevent and address anti-trans harassment, and allow them to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identities. The Court’s decision to punt on the issue is disappointing, but we will continue to fight with many advocates across the country to protect trans students’ civil rights and make sure that they are treated with dignity and respect.”


For immediate release:  March 6, 2017
Contact Maria Patrick (mpatrick@nwlc.org) or Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org)

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