Transgender first-grader wins the right to use girls' restroom
The Colorado Rights Division ruled in favor of Coy Mathis in her fight against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District.
June 24th, 2013
09:47 AM ET

Transgender first-grader wins the right to use girls' restroom

By Ed Payne, CNN

(CNN) - A transgender first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl has won the right to use the girls' restroom at her Colorado school.

The Colorado Rights Division ruled in favor of Coy Mathis in her fight against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District.

Coy's parents had taken her case to the commission after the district said she could no longer use the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary.

In issuing its decision, the state's rights division said keeping the ban in place "creates an environment that is objectively and subjectively hostile, intimidating or offensive."

Coy's mother, Kathryn Mathis, said she's thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her.

The first-grader has been home-schooled during the proceedings

"Schools should not discriminate against their students," 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."

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  1. hmm

    I loathe the fact that the speaker keeps referring to Coy as a little girl. Coy is a "Male" despite the fact that his parents choose to entertain this topic. When Coy, should Coy choose to remove his penis,then and only then would I feel some what comfort in having her join other little girls in a public bathroom. Thank GOD that my daughters are now teenagers, cause if I had to endure having my girls sharing bathrooms with a BOY, I would be the parent suing the school system for allowing this BS to take place. ENOUGH of this BS.......

    Also, could it be that the parents are using this issue to collect moneys in order to support their other ill child. Hmmmm

    July 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
  2. John

    Can I say as a 25 year old man that I identify as a woman and then I can go into all of the women's locker rooms and hang out? Maybe use the changing rooms with women? I might be a Lesbian male so if I am checking you out, it is because it identify that way.

    Those who would object to my comments should see the dangerous legal opening this has caused. What is to stop such claims? The genders are seperated based on the basic biological traits. I would not want my daughter around a boy when she is in the bathroom or a locker room. Not for how he identifies but because of the basic gender. Bathrooms and changing rooms are private to maintain privacy.

    June 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • Tom

      Thank you John. You prove that there is still some sanity left in this awful immoral world.

      June 25, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  3. Paula Shea

    If I had a little girl, I would not want her being forced to use the restroom with a boy, whether he likes being a boy or not. Would they then have to provide supervision so the child doesn't expose himself to all the girls in the restroom? What if he changes his mind in a couple years when additional hormones kick in and decides he wants to be a boy? That could tramatize all the girls who have been 'exposed' in the bathroom. Just doesn't seem like a good idea. Using a neutral bathroom makes sense.

    June 24, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • Tom

      Yes. Where is the FREEDOM of the other girls not to have a boy in their restroom????

      June 25, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • hmm

      I truly agree with you Paula.

      July 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm |