The United States Supreme Court is now going to lend their voice on the issue of transgender rights, specifically pertaining to a case in Virginia involving a transgender person named Gavin Grimm who identifies as a male but was born a female. He wants to be able to use the boy’s bathroom at his high school because it corresponds with his gender identification. Grimm has already gone to court over his school board’s bathroom policy which makes students have to use the bathroom of their biological gender.
The debate over which bathroom a transgender person should be allowed to go into has been a matter of controversy for a while now. It has only been a year since the Supreme Court agreed that same-sex marriage was a constitutional right and must be allowed. Although that was a controversial decision in itself, the issue of transgender people using the bathroom of a gender they “identify” with is much more controversial. For one thing, it gives opportunities for sexual predators to take advantage of the law and spy on women in the bathroom. But for those who are genuinely transgender, they want to have their rights respected just like gays and lesbians.
There are different state and local laws all throughout the country which set their own standards for transgender rights. Most school regulations force students to use bathrooms of the gender that matches the gender on their birth certificate. Other schools have what is called a “private bathroom” for students to use who have issues with gender identity. But those students complain that they get teased for using those bathrooms and that it makes them feel like a freak.
If the U.S. Supreme Court were to decide in Grimm’s favor, this could be a huge step forward in the transgender movement of America. But it may also cause bullying and abuse as well.