The Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in favor of a transgender 6-year-old child who was banned from using the girls' bathroom at her elementary school.
The state’s rights division said that the ban “creates an environment that is objectively and subjectively hostile, intimidating or offensive.” The ruling was announced on Sunday by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF).
Coy Mathis was born a boy but identifies as a girl. The TLDEF filed the complaint on behalf of Coy’s parents, Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, alleging that Eagleside Elementary School had discriminated against their child
“Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her,” Kathryn 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.”
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Coy had been allowed to use the girls' restroom until the school's principal informed the Mathis family that Coy must either use the boys' restroom or a gender-neutral one in December 2012, Fox News reported.
The family’s attorney also received a letter stating: “[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 ... 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.”
Michael Silverman, executive director of the TLDEF, issued the following statement: “This ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school."