Fried Frank represented transgender students and allies in connection with an amicus brief filed on their behalf in the United States Supreme Court in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. The brief was filed in support of the petitioner, Gavin Grimm, a transgender male high school student who is challenging a school board policy prohibiting transgender students from using sex-specific restrooms consistent with their gender identity. The case was brought under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in public schools. Based on interviews conducted with transgender students and their classmates from around the country, Fried Frank’s brief presented the accounts of a total of 23 transgender and non-transgender students who faced a wide range of experiences. The stories that our clients told made clear that blocking transgender students from accessing restrooms that match their gender identity causes real and lasting harm to their educational and social development and well-being, while providing access dramatically improves transgender students’ lives and educational experiences. The brief also included pictures of each of the transgender students interviewed for the brief, in an effort to drive home, in a visceral way, the unfairness of requiring students to use restrooms that do not match their gender identity.
Shortly after Fried Frank’s brief was filed, the Supreme Court remanded the case to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for further proceedings in light of a recent change in guidance by the federal government regarding the interpretation of Title IX.
The Fried Frank team consisted of litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy, litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer, litigation associates Mark Siegmund, Jesse Ryan Loffler, Amanda Giglio, and Shannon N. Doherty, and law clerk Jeremy M. Green.