ADDED ON: 12/31/2021

Trans man who took school bathroom case all the way to the Supreme Court facing homelessness

12/31/2021 | Pink News

The LGBT+ community and allies are raising funds for trans trailblazer Gavin Grimm, who is at risk of homelessness. Grimm was involved in a seven-year-long battle that put him at the centre of the debate on trans rights in the US. In 2014, when he was just 15-years old, Grimm was banned from using the correct bathroom at school. Grimm fought against this discrimination by Virginia’s Gloucester County School Board and eventually took his case all the way to the Supreme Court. A federal court ruled the school’s ban was discriminatory in 2019, and this ruling was upheld by an appeals court last year. In August, the ACLU, which represented Grimm alongside the ACLU of Virginia, announced Gloucester County School Board had been ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in attorney’s fees and costs to Grimm. But after his monumental victory, Grimm revealed on Twitter that he was “not getting any of the money that the school board is paying out”. Instead, he was receiving only $1 in “nominal damages”. Now, Grimm is at risk of homelessness after a health crisis left him unable to work, according to a GoFundMe page. Vanessa Ford, one of the organisers of the fundraiser, explained Gavin “experienced several seizures and was in a coma for four days” earlier this year. She wrote that he is “doing much better” now but is unable to work. “Because of this, Gavin is now facing the unthinkable: a crisis of housing which could leave him with no place to live or means of supporting himself in the very near future,” Ford wrote. “It is for this reason that we are asking for your support to make sure that Gavin is housed and safe.” Ford added that Grimm “needs our help now” and called on the wider community to support a “young man who has done so much for so many others and deserves the dignity and safety of housing security”.

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