Apple, IBM, Microsoft back transgender teen at Supreme Court in US

Apple, IBM, Microsoft-supported Gavin Grimm wants to use the bathroom that matches his chosen gender. He is challenging the board’s policy that prohibits him


Airbnb, eBay, PayPal, Tumblr and Williams-Sonoma also are part of the brief that argues that transgender individuals like Gavin Grimm (above) deserve the same treatment. Photo: AP
Airbnb, eBay, PayPal, Tumblr and Williams-Sonoma also are part of the brief that argues that transgender individuals like Gavin Grimm (above) deserve the same treatment. Photo: AP

Washington: Apple, IBM and Microsoft are among 53 companies urging the Supreme Court to rule that a transgender teenager has the right to use the boys’ bathroom at his Virginia high school.

The businesses signed onto a brief filed Thursday in high school senior Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit against the Gloucester County school board.

Grimm says he wants to use the bathroom that matches his chosen gender. He is challenging the board’s policy that prohibits him from using the boys’ bathroom.

Airbnb, eBay, PayPal, Tumblr and Williams-Sonoma also are part of the brief that argues that “transgender individuals deserve the same treatment and protections” as everyone else.

The case is scheduled to be argued on 28 March, but the school board is seeking a delay.

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