The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has canceled oral arguments that were scheduled for September in the case of “transgender” student Gavin Grimm of Gloucester, Va., the biological girl who wanted to use the boys’ restroom at school. Because Grimm has graduated from the high school, there is no longer a “controversy” to be settled. Therefore, the appeals court sent the case back to the district court, which will likely dismiss the case altogether.
The plaintiff’s original argument in G.G. vs. Gloucester County School Board was based on former President Obama’s “guidance letter” to schools in 2016 that tried to suggest that the Title IX prohibition against discrimination based on sex should include “gender identity,” thus letting students pick the bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers of the gender they identified with instead of picking these facilities based on biological sex. Trump rescinded the Obama mandate earlier this year.
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