MCPS Hosts Pride Town Hall
More than 150 students, families, youth service providers and community members participated in the annual Pride Town Hall event on May 21 at Walter Johnson High School.
The event featured Gavin Grimm, a nationally known advocate for transgender rights. In 2014, he testified to his Virginia school district, explaining that as a transgender teen, being forced to use bathrooms at school besides the one that matched his gender was “alienating” and “humiliating.” In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court released an order rejecting a petition from the Virginia school board to hear the case after Grimm prevailed in the lower courts. The order leaves in place a federal appeals court decision finding the school board violated his constitutional rights.
Participants attended breakout sessions and picked up resources from many organizations, including the Pride ALLiance, PFLAG, MOCO Pride Center, Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Montgomery County Family Justice Center.