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Supreme Court reverses decision to hear transgender student Gavin Grimm's case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it would not issue a ruling on the transgender bathroom rights case it had agreed last fall to hear. Instead, the case of Virginia high schooler Gavin Grimm, a transgender student who sought to use the bathroom that matched his gender identity rather than his biological sex, will be sent back to a lower court to reexamine.

The Supreme Court's decision to decline to hear the case comes after the Trump administration's withdrawal last month of Obama-era protections allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. A federal appeals court in April 2016 ruled in Grimm's favor after considering the Obama administration's stance on transgender protections, but the Supreme Court now wants the appeals court to reconsider its ruling in light of the Trump administration's guidelines.

The New York Times noted the case would have marked the Supreme Court's "first encounter" with transgender rights. The Supreme Court was slated to hear Grimm's case March 28.