Transgender 6-Year-Old Coy Mathis Wins Case For Access to Girls’ Bathroom
A win for the transgender community! Coy Mathis, a transgendered 6-year-old from Fountain, Colorado has won a case against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, allowing her to officially use the girls’ bathroom.
Coy had been using the girls’ bathroom at her school because she identifies as a female. Although she was assigned the male gender at birth, she wears girls’ clothing and is identified as female in both her passport and state identification.
In December, the Eagleside Elementary School principal asked Coy to use the boys’ bathroom, gender-neutral faculty bathrooms or the nurse’s bathroom. Coy’s parents, Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, filed a complaint back in February, with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, citing discrimination.
When Mathis was barred from using the girls’ lavatory, her parents began homeschooling her. This weekend, the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled the school district violated a law that protects students who use the bathroom of the gender of which they identify.
A report from the Colorado Rights Division about the incident said:
Given the evolving research into the development of transgender persons, compartmentalizing a child as a boy or girl solely based on their visible anatomy is a simplistic approach to a difficult and complex issue. [Prohibiting Mathis from using the girls’ bathroom] deprived her of the social interaction and bonding that commonly occurs in girls’ restrooms during these formative years, i.e., talking, sharing and laugher,.”
Overjoyed with the ruling, Mrs. Mathis said, “All we ever wanted was for Coy’s school to treat her the same as other little girls. We are extremely happy that she now will be treated equally.” Although it’s only a small win for the LGBTQ community, Coy Mathis’ win marks a great stride for transgender equality!
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