Gavin Grimm is a transgender teenager who was thrust into the national spotlight at 15, when he and the ACLU sued his Virginia school district after he was banned from using the boys’ restroom at his high school. “I’m not really sure how using the bathroom became national news,” he told TIME. “I thought it was a pretty simple concept that could be solved quickly and privately.” His case has gone all the way to the Supreme Court and he has become the face of transgender rights in this country. Although he eventually lost the right to be heard at the Supreme Court, his continued fight further points to the inhumanity of those who classify the transgender community as second class citizens.