Transgender 6-Year-Old Can Now Use The Girl’s Rest Room At School

June 24, 2013  |  

According to NBC News, Coy Mathis, a Colorado transgender child is now allowed to use the girl’s bathroom at her school,, despite having been born male, due to a ruling by the Colorado Civil Rights Division on Sunday.

By making the girl’s restrooms off-limits to Coy, division director, Steven Chavez claims that the school district was creating “an environment rife with harassment.”

Back in February of this year we reported on Coy Mathis, a child born with male genetalia who, according to her parents Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, “identifies as a female.” The Mathises sent their child to Eagleside Elementary where things were going well until during the second half of first grade, the school district decided that Coy could no longer use the girl’s restrooms and instead would have to use a staff bathroom or gender neutral bathroom in the medical office. Coy was pulled from the school and Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis filed a discrimination suit against the Colorado school district.

There have been very few cases on transgender children so this ruling is a big win for The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund as they worked closely with Coy’s parents to secure a favorable ruling. I’m unsure, though, how parents of other students will respond. What if the parents have decided not to tackle explaining such an issue until their children are older? What if other children feel uncomfortable? Where do everyone else’s rights and comfort come into play?

Would you be OK with a transgender student at your adolescent child’s school? Why or why not? Do you think the ruling was fair?

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