The Gloucester County student who hopes to make bathroom access a non-issue for trans kids around the nation is among the Richmond Times-Dispatches’ year-end ‘Faces of 2016′ series.
Grimm, who started a legal challenge agianst his local school districts bathroom policy which would force the transgender male to use female restrooms, has made headlines throughout the year as his case has worked its way up to the legal ladder with an possible Supreme Court hearing in 2017.
For Grimm, though, the lawsuit and the national publicity it has brought him has made the final year in high school difficult.
His social life is built around a core group of friends, but outside that group other students sometimes are cold toward him. They whisper behind his back and make him feel like an outsider, Grimm said.
A couple of times this year, he has sat down at a lunch table only to have someone already there stand up and leave.
While some of this may seem like normal high school behavior, Grimm said it only has reinforced feelings he’s long had that he’s an outsider.
It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant, he said, but something he can live with.
This is the third school year “that I’ve been dealing with this kind of climate at school,” he said. “While it does not get easier and it does not get more pleasant, you learn the skills to navigate the field.”
Grimm joins other “Faces” like Dan Marrow, an environmental activists leading the charge against coal ash ponds, and Barbara Given, the owner of Stop Light Gelato who took over her sons dream after he died of cancer.
Gavin Grimm just made TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list. Grimm, the youngest person on the list, is a high school senior who, as he has said, just wants to be able to use the restroom like everyone else. After his Virginia school board forced him to use a reconfigured janitor’s closet, Grimm, who [...]