The Trevor Project filed an amicus brief today with the U.S. District Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board. Gavin Grimm is a young transgender man who has been fighting in court since 2015 after his school board adopted a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The amicus brief provides the Court and the public with The Trevor Project’s unique insights into the serious harms inflicted on transgender students when they are denied access to school facilities or documents consistent with their gender identity.
The Trevor Project hears regularly via our crisis intervention and suicide prevention services about how detrimental and damaging policies restricting access to bathrooms in schools are to the transgender youth we serve. For example, in the week after the Texas legislature introduced an anti-transgender “bathroom bill” in 2017, The Trevor Project experienced a dramatic spike in the number of transgender individuals calling into its support helpline and/or reaching out to its chat and messaging helplines. And The Trevor Project’s inaugural National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health released in June found that 58% of the transgender and non-binary youth surveyed reported being discouraged from using a restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.
The Trevor Project was represented in this matter by pro bono counsel from Gibson Dunn, including Howard S. Hogan, Abbey Hudson, Corey G. Singer and Keshia Afia Bonner.
Monday the Roeland Park City Council unanimously (7-0) passed a municipal ordinance to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy — making Roeland Park the first municipality in Kansas to pass such protections. The Trevor Project is proud to have worked with Equality Kansas to support this ordinance. Thomas Witt, the executive director of Equality Kansas said, “Equality Kansas has made tremendous progress fighting for non-discrimination and other LGBTQ protections across Kansas, and after introducing state-wide legislation to protect our youth from conversion therapy – this year – we could not be more excited to…
This Pride month, a time meant for celebration and community, is admittedly fraught with many imposing threats. LGBTQ young people already face a variety of barriers to joy and self-actualization, and encountering hateful rhetoric and legislation across the country negatively affects their safety and mental health. The Trevor Project is part of the movement to protect LGBTQ young people from these threats — just one of the ways we do this is through our advocacy work, which addresses factors that marginalize LGBTQ young people at the federal, state, and local level. Preston Mitchum (he/him), Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs…
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