Actress Laverne Cox speaks about Gavin Grimm at the Grammys

  • Actress Laverne Cox speaks about Gavin Grimm at the Grammys

Actress Laverne Cox speaks about Gavin Grimm at the Grammys

Laverne Cox, the actress and trans activist best known for her role in "Orange is the New Black" took a moment to share the spotlight with another, perhaps lesser known voice in transgender activism: 17-year-old Virginia high school senior Gavin Grimm. She touched me. Lord!

With the passing of anti-LGBT justice Antonin Scalia a year ago, the Supreme Court now consists of eight members. The teen, who came out as transgender his sophomore year, had begun using the boys' bathroom when the school board made a decision to pass a policy banning him from it, forcing him to use a unisex bathroom instead.

Gavin began using the boys' bathroom at his high school after coming out...until his school's board passed a policy that forced him to use a unisex bathroom. Oral arguments are scheduled in the Supreme Court for March, and depending on how it goes, it will change the way public schools treat transgender students all over America. This case will put Gavin's story before the public and the justices who will be deciding what equality for transgender people means. "He's going to the Supreme Court in March". Grimm claimed in his suit that he felt he was being unfairly discriminated against and the ACLU agreed. "As a parent, that's all you really need to support your child". But a couple of weeks later, the school board mandated students use either the bathroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall bathroom, following parental complaints.

However, Slate also reports that should Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch be confirmed in time for the case, he may be a voice to uphold the Title IX protections.

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Speaking out about his case, Gavin said: "I realise now this is much bigger than myself".

The hashtag #StandWithGavin has been trending on Twitter and other social media following Cox's remarks.

Talking with Colbert, Cox quoted attorney Chase Strangio of the ACLU's LGBT and AIDS Project, in saying "these anti-bathroom bills are not about bathrooms, they're about stopping transgender people from existing".

In the February 3 video about Grimm, ACLU attorney Chase Strangio said, "In the end, history will definitely remember Gavin as a hero for the trans community".