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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2016 file photo, transgender high school student Gavin Grimm poses in Gloucester, Va. The Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at his high school.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The Supreme Court sent a transgender bathroom case back to a lower court


The U.S. Supreme Court sent a legal case involving the bathroom rights of transgender students back to a lower court and tossed out its previous ruling Monday after the Trump administration revoked Obama-era guidance on transgender people.

The case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender Virginia teen, was set to be heard March 28. A federal appeals court had said his school district was likely breaking civil rights laws by restricting him to bathrooms that matched his birth sex.

The same court will now reassess the case.

I feel the humiliation every time I need to use the restroom.
Gavin Grimm in October

The Supreme Court ruling cited the Trump administration's revocation of Obama-era guidance on transgender students as its rationale for sending the case back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Back in October, the Supreme Court said it would hear Grimm's case. Grimm was prevented from using the men's bathroom at Gloucester County schools in the meantime. 

Both Grimm's lawyer and the Gloucester County school board urged the Supreme Court to decide the case even with the changes on transgender guidance, Bloomberg reports.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will now consider whether or not Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, also applies to gender identity. While the Trump administration has revoked its predecessor's guidance on that subject, it has not answered the question itself. 

Grimm's lawyer, Joshua Block, insisted the legal battle was not over.

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