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Transgender child banned from girls’ room

This news story was published on February 27, 2013.
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DENVER, Feb. 27 (UPI) — A 6-year-old who was born a boy but identifies as a girl should be able to use the girls’ restroom at school, a transgender rights group said Wednesday.

At a news conference in Denver, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund said it has filed a complaint on behalf of Coy Mathis with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, CNN reported. Lawyer Michael Silverman called the action a “test of Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act.”

“For many transgender people, discrimination is a daily part of life. Unfortunately for Coy, it has started very early,” Silverman said.

Coy’s parents pulled her out of Eagleside Elementary School in December after the Fountain-Fort Carson School District said she would have to use the boys’ restroom, the school nurse’s bathroom or a gender-neutral toilet and have been schooling her at home.

“We were very confused because everything was going so well, and they had been so accepting, and all of a sudden it changed and it was very confusing and very upsetting because we knew that, by doing that, she was going to go back to being unhappy,” she told CNN. “It was going to set her up for a lot of bad things.”

Coy’s parents say she began identifying herself as a girl very young. For almost a year, she has been wearing girls’ clothes.

The school district said officials believe other students and their parents would be uncomfortable as Coy got older to have someone with male genital organs using a girls’ bathroom.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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    John Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    It needs to be thought about at some point, I would be fine with the 6 year old using the girls bathroom as long as there are stalls with doors so the little girls don’t have to see his genitals.

    What happens in the next few years when this young stud of a female/male want’s to be on the girls volley ball or basketball team when she/he grows up? Will he/she be allowed to play on either and shower with the women after the game and practices with the rest of the girls on the team?

    They made the right decision in my opinion.

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      Katie Reply Report comment

      February 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Hmmm. This child will probably have transgender surgery before puberty if she continues to identify as a female with no aberration from that. We do not know if she is attracted to males or females sexually. People have struggled with these issues for centuries. It’s time we make life easier for everyone by acknowledging our differences and becoming comfortable with them. We also need to protect those who are different from being bullied. It is NOT their fault they are different. It is no different than having Type I diabetes or cystic fibrosis. They did not bring it on themselves.

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Yes. How’s that for a school setting up a little kid for being bullied. Way to go.

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    SMOOTHY Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2013 at 10:49 am


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    Duddly Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2013 at 6:47 am

    OMG sick sick sick !!