Transgender First-Grader Coy Mathis Wins School Civil Rights Case
(KDVR-TV) The Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in favor of a transgender first-grader who was blocked from using the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school, The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund announced.
Coy Mathis, 6, was the victim of discrimination when Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain refused to let her use the girl’s restroom, the ruling finds.
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.”
Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her,” Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother, said in a statement. “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.”
The Mathis family has since moved to Denver in order to attend to the medical needs of one of their other children, so Coy Mathis will now be attending a Denver school.
The first-grader has been home-schooled during the proceedings
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund said Sunday it would hold a press conference to discuss the matter on Monday.
For most of the past year, Coy has dressed as a girl.
Coy’s passport and state-issued identification recognize her as female.
Mathis said she got a call “out of the blue” from the school in December saying that Coy could use the boys’ bathroom, gender-neutral faculty bathrooms or the nurse’s bathroom, but not the girls’ facilities.
The district “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,” a letter the family’s attorney received in December said.
“However, 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.”