‘It’s About the Right for Transgender People to Exist in Public Spaces’
Gavin Grimm was poised to be the person to whose case would secure rights for all transgender people at the Supreme Court, but Monday morning the Supreme Court announced a different plan: not today. The Court rejected the appeal of Grimm’s caseÂ â€“ he’s suing his school board for refusing to allow him to use the boys’ restroom, and forcing him to use a converted janitor’s closet.
Grimm is a high school senior, so any chance of his case being resolved before he graduates just ended. That’s a tough defeat for a teenager.
But on MSNBC Monday afternoon, Grimm appeared optimistic, determined, self-assured, well-spoken, bright, and sincere. Truly amazing for any teen on national TV, but more so for one who just suffered a major setback at the Supreme Court.
Grimm says he will continue fighting for as long as it takes. Â
Calling it “an obstacle we didn’t want,” Grimm told MSNBC he was “disappointed” when he heard the news from the Supreme Court today.Â
“I’m determined as ever to move forward and work through this process.” Grimm says he doesn’t think they are back to square one but that’s one for his lawyers.
He says today’s decision “has lit a fire” under him. “I’ll stay fighting ten more years if I have to.”
Grimm notes that the case really isn’t about bathrooms at all — “it’s about the right for transgender people to exist in public spaces.”
“If you don’t have a bathroom it’s very hard to exist in society and in public.”
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Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender
A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.
“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.
“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”
Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.
That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.
Right-wing broadcaster inside NRA convention says if young people are allowed to choose their gender, then 18 year-olds should be allowed by buy assault weapons. pic.twitter.com/Fog4lZBgHW
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 27, 2022
Local Texas Cops Blocked Specialized Federal Tactical Team That Killed Shooter From Engaging for One Hour
When a specially equipped U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, local police who were already on the scene wouldn’t allow them to engage with the shooter, The New York Times reports.
“The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at some point between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the officials — far earlier than previously known,” The Times’ report stated. “But they did not breach the adjoining classrooms of the school where the gunman had locked himself in until a little before 1 p.m. Members of the federal tactical team killed the gunman.”
But officials speaking to The Times say the Uvalde Police Department prevented the agents from going in sooner.
The new details further call into the question the thinking behind how law enforcement responded to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. The Border Patrol and ICE agents say they did not understand why they were force to wait. All of the 21 victims died in the area where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had barricaded himself in.
Read the full report at The New York Times.
Cops Waited 47 Minutes Because They Were Waiting for a Key to the Door, Thought Shooter Was Barricaded Despite 911 Calls
Texas law enforcement officers on scene in Uvalde, Texas waited 47 minutes to break into the classroom where an 18-year old gunman slaughtered 19 children because they were waiting for a key to open the door, and thought it was no longer an active shooter situation.
“From the benefit of hindsight…it was the wrong decision,” admitted Texas Department of Public Safety director Col. Steven McGraw.
That decision was made despite children calling 911 during that time, begging for help, according to multiple reports, including this from the New York Times’ Mike Baker:
Student calls to 911:
12:03—whispered she’s in room 112
12:10—said multiple dead
12:16—says 8-9 students alive
12:19—student calls from room 111
12:21—3 shots heard on call
12:43—asks for police
12:47—asks for policehttps://t.co/CzkuF1llq1
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) May 27, 2022
“You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said during Friday’s press conference. “What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?”
“None at that time,” DPS director replied.
“The on-scene commander at that time believed it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject,” he said, adding moments later that “he believed there were no more children at risk.”
“Obviously, based on the information we have, there were children in that classroom and it was in fact still an active shooter investigation.”
>> @ShimonPro‘s first Q at the press conference: “You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere. What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?” The awful answer: “None at that time.” pic.twitter.com/qM1liHrY2e
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 27, 2022
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
This article has been updated with New York Times’ 911 call information.
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