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Intel, Yahoo join legal brief supporting transgender rights

Intel, Yahoo join legal brief supporting transgender rights
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Intel and Yahoo are among the latest technology companies to join a legal brief in favor of transgender rights, Axios reported Sunday.

Other companies that have signed on to file a legal brief supporting transgender rights in a case to be heard in the Supreme Court include Pandora, Spotify, Apple, Salesforce, eBay, IBM and Microsoft.

The companies will file arguments in the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender Virginia teenager barred by the local school board from using the boys' bathroom.

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The Trump administration last week rolled back protections for transgender students in public schools instituted by the Obama administration.

The guidance, implemented by former President Obama, ordered schools to allow students to use school bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identities.

The Justice and Education departments issued the new guidance last week, after a reported dispute within the administration between Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who backed the withdrawal, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who initially opposed it.

The decision could have an impact on Grimm's pending Supreme Court case.
 
The justices could decide not to hear the case and instruct lower courts to decide it instead.
 
The Trump administration sent a letter to the Supreme Court Wednesday informing the court of its decision.
 
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed the case on behalf of Grimm, vowed last week that changes would not end his legal battle.

“When it decided to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, the Supreme Court said it would decide what interpretation of Title IX is correct, without taking any administration’s guidance into consideration,” Joshua Block, ACLU senior staff attorney, said in a statement.

“We’re confident the law is on Gavin’s side and he will prevail just as he did in the Fourth Circuit.”