A 6-year-old boy who believes he is a girl won the right to use the girls room at his school after his parents threatened to sue the Colorado school system for requiring him to use a separate bathroom.
Coy, who has identified as a girl since age 4, was pulled from the Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, CO, and home schooled while the lawsuit wound its way through the courts.
He has not undergone a sex-change operation. Therefore, he is still physically a boy.
Coy's parents, Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, were shocked that the school prohibited their child, who has boy's genitals, from using the girls' restroom.
"This automatically singles her out and stigmatizes her," Kathryn Mathis said. "It sets her up for future harassing and bullying, and creates an unsafe environment. The school has a wonderful opportunity to teach students that differences are OK, and we should embrace their differences, instead of teaching them to discriminate against someone who is a little different."
From Daily Mail UK:
The decision was made by the Colorado Civil Rights Division on Sunday that the Fountain-Fort Carson School District created an unnecessarily hostile situation for Coy Mathis by not allowing her to use the female bathroom.
Transgender advocates are hailing the decision as a major step forward for transgender rights.
By not allowing Coy to use the girls' restroom, the Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain 'creates an environment rife with harassment,' Steven Chavez, the division director, wrote in the decision.
W Kelly Dude, the lawyer for Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, told CNN that the school 'took into account not only Coy but other students in the building, their parents, and the future impact a boy with male genitals using a girls' bathroom would have as Coy grew older...
'I'm certain you can appreciate that as Coy grows older and his male genitals develop along with the rest of his body, at least some parents and students are likely to become uncomfortable with his continued use of the girls' restroom,' he added.
The Mathis' case was the first to challenge restrictions on a transgender person’s bathroom use under Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws.
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