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Trans Teen Gavin Grimm Slams Trump Before Congressional Panel

"Treat trans students with dignity and respect them for who they are."
Gavin Grimm, 17, is photographed at his home in Gloucester, Virginia.
Gavin Grimm, 17, is photographed at his home in Gloucester, Virginia.

Transgender teen Gavin Grimm spoke before a Congressional panel on Thursday about President Trump’s revocation of an Obama-era guidance that prevented discrimination against transgender students in public schools.

During his speech, Grimm slammed Trump and discussed the impact his move will have on the lives of transgender minors.

“The guidance had a very simple message: treat trans students with dignity and respect them for who they are,” Grimm stated. “The decision to withdraw the guidance sent a terrible message to some of the most vulnerable people. That President Trump — the leader of our country — and his administration do not care about protecting you from discrimination.”

Earlier this year, Grimm became the public face of a Supreme Court of the United States case surrounding the rights of transgender public school students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 

Following the Trump administration’s roll-back of the federal guidance, SCOTUS decided not to rule on the case and asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to look at the case again.

Grimm received an outpouring of support prior to SCOTUS ducking the transgender rights case, including a shout-out from Laverne Cox onstage at the Grammys.

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