Coy Mathis: Colorado Civil Rights Changed Forever by a Transgender 6-Year-Old

transgender-child-restroom-caseA 6-year-old Colorado girl, Coy Mathis, just won a major victory in favor of the rights of transgender children. Coy was technically born a baby boy; well, equipped with the boy parts, but since the age of 18-months, her parents say she has been behaving in the traditional way you would expect a little girl to behave. By the time Coy was 4 years old, she felt that something was “wrong” with her body. She didn’t feel comfortable in her own skin and that is a terrible way to live.

Doctors have since diagnosed her with gender identity disorder and recommended that her parents let her live as a girl so that she can feel comfortable in her own body. Just imagine – how would you feel if you had to walk around through life disguised as someone else; pretending to be something you are not? That’s a horrible way to live and no one should feel ashamed or uncomfortable in their own body, least of all a child.

Coy’s life got better once she began to live as a girl. She was enrolled in kindergarten last year as a female student, and was allowed to use the girl’s restroom – as she should be since in her mind, in every way but those physical parts, she is a girl. In December, the school banned her from using the girl’s facilities and instead said that Coy had to use the boy’s bathroom, the nurse’s bathroom, or the staff’s bathroom.

It may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things but little girls bond together at that young age, even on those single lined trips to the restroom. By the school forbidding her to use the girls’ restrooms they were singling her out, making her feel like she didn’t belong, and putting her in a very awkward position. By doing this, they created an environment that was hostile and unsafe for Coy. Most of the students and staff didn’t even know she was a transgender child. They only knew Coy as a little girl.

Thankfully, her parent’s weren’t going to stand by while their daughter was made to feel threatened. They paired up with the TLDEF (Transgender Legal and Defense Education Fund) to file a formal complaint against the school. The school’s lawyer said they were taking into account how a girl with boy genitals would play out in the future. Whatever?

Just because a little girl has boy parts does not mean that eventually she will grow up and use those parts to assault girls in the bathroom. She’s not a deviant. She is a just a little girl who was born with her outside not matching her inside. It is wrong of the school to assume that because she is transgender she is a threat now or ever will be.

Wouldn’t we be irate if the school ordered a little girl, born with girl genitalia, to use the boy’s bathroom?

Wouldn’t we be irate if the school ordered a little girl, born with girl genitalia, to use the boy’s bathroom? We would be up in arms because it’s making the little girl feel segregated, uncomfortable, and awkward. But the school feels that since Coy has boy parts, she should use the boy’s bathroom.

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This week Colorado stood on the side of this little girl and ruled that transgender people in Colorado will now be able to access bathrooms “without harassment or discrimination”.  She will now have the same respect and dignity that every other human being deserves.

What do you think? Should Coy use the girls’ restroom or the boys’ restroom?

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Coy Mathis: Colorado Civil Rights Changed Forever by a Transgender 6-Year-Old

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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