The Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a transgender student regarding a Virginia school who had lost a lower court case to allow students to use bathrooms and shared locker rooms based on gender identity.
The case involved a Glouchester County School Board’s appeal of a lower court decision that ruled its transgender bathroom ban was unconstitutional.
Former student Gavin Grimm celebrated the decision as a win for transgender rights.
Grimm was born biologically female but began to identify as male after ninth grade, according to NBC News.
“I am glad that my years-long fight to have my school see me for who I am is over,” Grimm said in a statement, according to ABC News.
The American Civil Liberties Union celebrated the action as well.
“This is an incredible victory for Gavin and for transgender students around the country,” said Josh Block, a senior staff attorney, according to NBC News.
Grimm said during an interview on MSNBC, “We are fighting for a better future, and it’s going to be here.”
Transgender access cases will certainly continue, but the court’s decision to not hear the case sent a strong message that has been seen as a victory for transgender rights’ advocates.