Laverne Cox at Grammy Awards: ‘Google Gavin Grimm’

Laverne Cox at Grammy Awards: ‘Google Gavin Grimm’

source: http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2017/2/12/laverne-cox-grammy-awards-google-gavin-grimm

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In what appeared to be an unscripted moment, Laverne Cox urged the audience at the Grammy Awards to educate themselves about the fight for transgender equality.

“Everyone, please Google Gavin Grimm,” Cox said quickly before introducing performers Lady Gaga and Metallica at the Sunday event. “He’s going to the Supreme Court in March 28 in the potentially landmark trans rights case.

She also mentioned a hashag, “#StandWithGavin.”

Gavin Grimm is a transgender boy who attends Gloucester High School in Virginia. He is the plaintiff in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, which will decide whether trans students will be able to use restrooms and facilities that comport with their gender identity.

The Supreme Court announced earlier this month that it will hear oral arguments on March 28 in the potentially landmark trans rights case.

With the passing of anti-LGBT justice Antonin Scalia last year, the Supreme Court currently consists of eight members. Should the court deadlock on Grimm’s case, the appeals decision will stand and that ruling could have positive ramifications for trans students around the nation.

With President Trump’s nomination of conservative Colorado judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Scalia’s spot, Grimm’s chances appear more murky. It’s not clear if Gorsuch will be confirmed by March 28 and be allowed to rule on the case; it can take anywhere from three weeks to three months to confirm a justice.

Many LGBT activists fear the future of trans right rights under the Trump administration. On Friday, the department of Justice filed a request to partially halt an order against the Obama administration’s protections for trans students, including their right to use restrooms and locker rooms that corresponded with their gender identity.

The brief signals that the department, now led by newly confirmed attorney general Jeff Sessions, could be changing its stance on the trans-affirming education guidelines issued by the former administration.

Cox makes history this week on CBS, which airs the Grammys. The performer is the first trans actor to portray a trans series regular on network television in the legal drama Doubt, in which she plays a lawyer. The series premieres Wednesday.

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