Earlier this year we wrote about Coy Mathis, a 6-year-old born with male sex organs but has always identified as a girl. Coy’s parents filed a discrimination lawsuit against  Fountain-Fort Carson School District in Colorado because they were notified that Coy could no longer use the girls’ restroom, but had the option to use the boys’ restroom or the gender-neutral nurse’s office restroom.

The Colorado Rights Division ruled in favor of Coy Mathis in her fight against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District. 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.”

Coy’s mother, Kathryn Mathis, said she’s thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her. During the proceedings Coy was being home-schooled.

“Schools should not discriminate against their students,” Mathis said. “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.”

What do you think about the court’s ruling?

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  • PineApple

    Gender identification problems are real, and they do start at a very early age, a lot of transgender adults (including a close friend of mine) will tell you they felt like they were in the wrong body since they were little. But what I thought of was….the fact that he’s 6 years old now, so he’s pretty much still a baby. When he goes through puberty & starts to look more like a MAN, is he gonna use the lady’s room? I think they probably should have proposed this to the parents of the other children of the school.

  • MissAnthrope

    My question is this: What if this was a little girl who chose to “self-identify” as a boy? Would everyone be so comfortable with HER using the boys’ restroom? Especially once she starts to inevitably develop female characteristics, (i.e. breasts, hips, etc…) and is no longer physically ambiguous (as this child is now) as far as gender is concerned? What happens then? Would parents be comfortable with a child who is PHYSICALLY still a girl being surrounded in a restroom by teenage boys? Let’s be reasonable here. The answer is undoubtedly “NO”.

    There is a limited amount of time that this child will be able to conceal his TRUE physiological identity from the children with which he shares a restroom. In my opinion, the usage of the nurse’s restroom was a viable, and most reasonable one for pleasing all those involved.

    These same arguments that are winning the parents of Coy a victory NOW will be met with MUCH dissent once he hits puberty, and he’s asking to share a locker room with actual FEMALES who are developing physically (and are insecure enough as it is). How accepting will THEY be of baring their bodies in front of someone who is OBVIOUSLY a MALE? This isn’t fair to them, and honestly, to him either. We all know how awfully mean teenage girls can be to EACH OTHER…let alone a BOY trying to fit into their circle.

    His parents are setting him up for an awful experience in the upcoming years by not setting boundaries NOW, and letting him figure out his identity ONCE HE IS OF AN APPROPRIATE AGE. Six years old is NOT that age.