After the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama era guidelines for protection of transgender students the Supreme Court, who had agreed in October to hear the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who had been stopped from using the boys bathroom by the school board in Gloucester County, Virginia, decided to not hear the case and send it back to the lower courts.

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not hear a major case on transgender rights after all, acting after the Trump administration changed the federal government’s position on whether public schools must allow transgender youths to use bathrooms that match their gender identities.

In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court vacated an appeal’s court decision in favor of a Virginia transgender boy, Gavin Grimm, and sent the case back for further consideration in light of the new guidance from the Trump administration.

That’s right. The Trump administration’s rollback of transgender protections completely changed the nature of the case. With the protections removed, the previous court rulings were called into question due to them being based partly on those protections. This seems to be the point of the rollback since the Trump administration specifically alerted the Supreme Court of the rollback. You can read the “Dear Colleague” letter that was sent to schools across the nation here.


When the rollback was announced protests broke out in front of the White House.

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