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Virginia Trans Teen Gets Grammy Shout Out


Sunday night’s Grammy Awards was abounding with protest against intolerance and bigotry, with everyone from Katy Perry to A Tribe Called Quest calling out the discriminatory policies pushed by the White House.

Ensuring no-one is left behind, Orange is the New Black actress and transgender activist, Laverne Cox, used this opportunity to rally support for Gavin Grimm, a Virginia teen challenging his school at the Supreme Court for their decision to ban him from using the boys’ bathroom despite being transgender.

“Everyone, please Google ‘Gavin Grimm.’ He’s going to the Supreme Court in March. Hashtag stand with Gavin,” Cox announced. She also signed off her introduction of Lady Gaga and Metallica with “Ladies and gentlemen and all my gender non-binary peeps tonight…”.

Grimm’s legal battle spans two years, as he first sued the Gloucester County School Board in federal court in 2015. He argued that the board’s policy violated Title IX, a federal law against sex discrimination in in the school system, and won.

Headed for the Supreme Court, oral arguments are scheduled for late March. Grimm’s case could impact how public schools accommodate transgender students in the country.

Angelo Louw
Angelo C. Louw
Angelo C Louw is the Advocacy Officer at Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII). He is also a Fulbright/Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2016-2017 awardee. He writes in his personal capacity.