National Center for Lesbian Rights files amicus brief in support of Gavin Grimm


WASHINGTON — The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in support of a transgender student suing his high school last week.

Attorneys general from 23 states also filed an amicus brief for the student, Gavin Grimm, last week.

“The brief offers the Court unique insights into other aspects of the lives of these families that are often not talked about from their struggles to reconcile their religious and political beliefs with their unconditional love for their child, coping with the loss of family and friends over the parent’s decision to support their child, or the painstaking process of parents setting aside their worries and anxieties to allow their child to flourish,” the NCLR said in a statement. “Breathing life into the statistics about transgender youth, the brief demonstrates why courts across the country have consistently held that federal anti-discrimination law protects transgender youth from discrimination: any other interpretation would undermine the spirit and purpose of those laws, leaving vulnerable youth without the legal protection they need to fulfill their potential.”

NCLR co-counseled with Cooley LLP and the Transgender Law Center to prepare and file the brief. They represented the following organizations: PFLAG, INC., Trans Youth Equality Foundation, Gender Spectrum, Gender Diversity, Campaign for Southern Equality, He She Ze and We, Side by Side, and Gender Benders.

If you would like to read the brief, click here.



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