Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations urged the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to reject an effort to block the Obama administration’s interpretations of several federal laws pending trial in Texas v. United States, including federal guidance advising public school districts across the country that the federal Departments of Justice and Education believe that transgender students should be allowed to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
It’s been six months since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death left a vacancy on the nation’s highest court. President Obama named Judge Merrick Garland to the bench — but Senate Republicans refuse to even hold a hearing on his nomination.
In the summer of 2012, I was 17 years old and had just graduated from high school. My friends spent their last months of high school submitting college applications and receiving acceptance letters, and would soon be moving out of their family homes and into their freshman dorm rooms. It was all incredibly exciting.