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Who is Gavin Grimm?

Gavin Grimm was thrust into the spotlight again by Laverne Cox at the 59th annual Grammy Awards show.
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Washington Post

On Sunday night “Orange is the New Black” star and LGBT activist Laverne Cox gave a special shout out to Gavin Grimm just before introducing Lady Gaga and Metallica’s heavy metal number “Moth Into Flame.”

“Everyone, please Google ‘Gavin Grimm.’ He’s going to the Supreme Court in March. Hashtag stand with Gavin,” Cox told viewers.

She added, “Ladies and gentlemen and all my gender non-binary peeps tonight…”

The person in question, Gavin Grimm was a sophomore in high school when he came out as transgender. In doing so he  wanted to use the boys restroom at his school in Gloucester, Va., but was forced to use the unisex one after the school board passed a policy which banned him from the men's facilities. 

Grimm in turn sued the school board saying that their exclusion and policy violated Title IX which protects transgender kids from sex discrimination in schools.

This conflict is now on its way to the Supreme Court in late March and its outcome could affect transgender students across the nation.

Last May, the Education Department issued a directive which stated schools must allow students to use the restroom of which they most identify by gender.

Now that Trump is in office this directive may be overturned, the case may not be heard by the higher court at all and instead could be deferred to a lower court.

Grimm is now 17-years-old and a senior in high school.

He had no idea Cox was going to mention his name according to the Washington Post, but was alerted to the mention by his mother who, “started shrieking.”

“I was just so thrilled because I love her. She’s just a beautiful person inside and out,” Grimm said. “I was really touched and thrilled and honored that that was the first thing out of her mouth.”

Grimm,  was never the outspoken type, but has become a beacon of hope for trans rights in America.

“At this point, that’s the role I occupy and I want to make sure I’m using that platform for positive,” Grimm said. “I definitely didn’t set out at the beginning wanting to or expecting to shouted on the Grammys.”