Iowa Delegation Fails to Support Gavin Grimm in Congressional Amicus Brief

On Thursday, March 2, nearly 200 members of Congress filed a U.S. Supreme Court brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., a case that could decide whether Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination protects transgender and gender non-conforming students from discrimination. In the amicus brief, the lawmakers support lead plaintiff Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, and assert that Title IX’s protections should extend to Grimm and other transgender and gender non-conforming students.

“Title IX was enacted to protect vulnerable students from discrimination on the basis of sex and guarantee that these at-risk students receive equal educational opportunities,” the lawmakers wrote. “Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ encompasses discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex stereotypes.”

Not a single Iowa lawmaker signed on to the amicus brief supporting Title IX protections for transgender and gender-nonconforming students. One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement expressing his disappointment with the Iowa delegation.

“By failing to sign on to this amicus brief, Iowa lawmakers are failing to uphold our state’s legacy of equality,” Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Transgender and gender non-conforming students and their parents are worried about what this case and the Trump administration’s recent withdrawal of Title IX guidance will mean for them. We are disappointed that not one of Iowa’s legislators stepped up to reassure them that our state will not tolerate discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming students, particularly since the Iowa Civil Rights Act has included protections for transgender and gender non-conforming Iowans since 2007.”