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Gavin Grimm: Youth Activism and LGBTQ Rights

  • INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Gavin Grimm, Transgender rights activist
Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, Northern California ACLU — Moderator

What is being done in California and beyond to safeguard the rights of transgender people, especially as the current administration rolls back Obama-era protections? And what is the role of young people in advancing this issue?

As a prominent face of the transgender rights movement, 18-year-old activist Gavin Grimm has unique insight to share on the matter. In 2014, Grimm and his family told his Virginia high school he was transgender, and then, amidst uproar from some parents, the school administration barred Grimm from using the boys’ bathroom. So, Gavin sued his district, stating that the decision violated Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding. Grimm then quickly gained national attention and the respect of transgender activists including as Laverne Cox and Janet Mock. Today, his case in Virginia is still pending.

Join INFORUM, Grimm and Abdi Soltani, executive director of the ACLU Northern California, for a conversation about youth activism, the cultural and legal shifts around transgender rights, and the status of space and protection for minority and vulnerable populations in our society.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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