Gavin Grimm Is Not A Boy, And The Supreme Court Can Never Change That

What transgender student Gavin Grimm needs is what all mentally ill people need: support, not enabling.

Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old student from Virginia, is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Grimm is the respondent in this case. The plaintiff, Gloucester County School Board, is fighting to keep legal its current practice of sex-distinct bathrooms. Grimm wants to use the boy’s bathroom at Gloucester High School, but the school will not allow it.

Why will the school not allow it? Because Grimm is a girl, not a boy. So the school has required her to use the girl’s bathroom or a single-stall unisex bathroom. Although Grimm insists she is a boy, the plain biological facts say otherwise—and, regardless of the outcome of this case, even the Supreme Court cannot change plain biological facts.