In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court vacated an appeals court decision in favor of a Virginia transgender boy, Gavin Grimm, and sent the case back for further consideration with new guidance from the Trump administration. The issue in Mr. Grimm's case was whether he could use the boys’ bathroom in his high school.
The Department of Education said in 2015 that schools “generally must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity.” Last year, the department went further, saying that schools could lose federal money if they discriminated against transgender students. The Trump administration withdrew that guidance last month.
In October, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear the case. The arguments were scheduled to happen this month. The case would have been the court’s first encounter with transgender rights.
“Thousands of transgender students across the country will have to wait even longer for a final decision from our nation’s highest court affirming their basic rights,” said Sarah Warbelow, the legal director of the Human Rights Campaign.