MassEquality Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Return Grimm Case to Lower Court

Mar 6, 2017

Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH
Executive Director
617-878-2300 (o)
Twitter: @massequality



BOSTON – March 6, 2017 –Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it is returning a landmark transgender rights case to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals for reconsideration following the Trump administration’s repeal of guidance to public schools on complying with Title IX protections for transgender students. In response to this decision, MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement:

“MassEquality is disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, and we continue to stand in support of Gavin and all transgender youth. We believe everyone deserves access to schools that are safe and provide fair and equal treatment to every student. Many school districts across the country, including in Massachusetts, have had policies protecting transgender students in place for years without incident. Those policies, as well as Title IX, will continue to protect the rights of transgender students despite this action by the Supreme Court and the Trump administration’s withdrawal of Title IX guidance.

“While this decision is unfortunate, we have been pleased to see a groundswell of support for Gavin Grimm from thousands of amici brief signers across the country, including school administrators and educators, major medical associations, national religious leaders and organizations, law enforcement officials, unions, businesses, elected officials—including nearly 200 members of Congress, and more. These statements demonstrate the fact that there is broad support for protecting transgender people from discrimination, and that fairness and equality are strongly held American values.”


MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.