This week, a federal judge in Virginia heard the case of 16-year-old Gavin Grimm. Gavin is transgender, and his family decided to sue the school after the school board prohibited Gavin from using the boys' restrooms at Gloucester High School. On Monday, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia also argued on his behalf. But public restrooms have long been a contested place in American life. The Civil Rights Act finally outlawed racial segregation in public places—such as restrooms—in 1964. Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project and a professor at Western New England University, explores how transgender rights fit into the American legal framework. Eli Erlick, a student at Pitzer College and the founder of Trans Student Educational Resources, helped craft California's legislation to prohibit discrimination against transgender students.
Cities and states have raised their minimum wages, but is this the best way to guarantee a basic quality of life for most Americans? If that is the goal, it may be more effective to give all Americans a basic income.
This week, readers get to experience a never-before-published Dr. Seuss creation. Check out photos from the book, "What Pet Should I Get," and hear from Dr. Seuss's former art director here.
The four band members of the X Ambassadors discuss their new album, "VHS," and reflect on their journey growing up together. Click here to listen to their interview, and to see photos of the band performing.
The Takeaway explores the "myth of the two-party system," author Roxane Gay discusses police brutality, and the debate that changed American politics.