June 28, 2021


(New York, NY - June 28, 2021) GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to news today that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on a decision that allowed a transgender student, Gavin Grimm, to use the bathroom that corresponded to his gender identity.

The ACLU notes this is the third time in recent years that The Supreme Court has allowed appeals court decisions in support of trans students to remain.

GLAAD and many LGBTQ and youth advocacy organizations have been following Gavin’s fight since the beginning, nearly six years ago. He appeared at the 2017 GLAAD Media Awards as a senior in high school and received a standing ovation. 

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis responded:
“This is a victory for transgender students, who simply want to be themselves without worrying about being rejected or refused access to basic dignities. Medical and educational authorities all agree that transgender young people must be allowed to belong, learn, grow, and succeed as their authentic selves, just like any other child. Our schools and our society are safer and offer more opportunity for all when all are welcome. Our country and community are stronger thanks to Gavin Grimm’s courage and his fight for all kids to be included, valued and protected.” 


  • The Trevor Project research shows 40% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being physically threatened or harmed because of their gender identity. 75% of LGBTQ youth reported that they had experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, increasing the risk of suicidal ideation.
  •  GLSEN research shows 45% of trans students fear using the bathroom at school. 
  • 22% of trans women perceived as trans in school were harassed to the point they had to leave school because of it.
  • 38 states have proposed legislation targeting transgender students’ private healthcare and access to sports participation. 9 states now limit sports participation despite no evidence of a need for such laws and much evidence of the harm they inflict on children.
  • 2 states have passed laws banning or limiting transgender youth healthcare, over the objections of every major professional medical association, who have stated that gender affirming care is safe and saves lives.