The parents of a six year old transgender girl are suing their child's Fountain, Col. school for removing her bathroom privileges. Feb. 27 Yahoo posted a story about Coy Mathis and her unique position. Coy, born a boy triplet to Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis began identifying as a girl when she was 18 months old according to her mother.
Kathryn, the mother of five, says that Coy started gravitating toward girl's clothing and toys when she was 18 months old. When she was four, she asked her mother when she was going to take her to the doctor and make her a girl. Kathryn says at this point she took Coy to a psychologist who identified her as transgender. Once her parents talked to the psychologist about Coy, they began letting her be who she was, growing her hair out, dressing as she wanted, and identifying as a girl. Once she began identifying as a girl in school, Kathryn says that her anxiety lessened, she was happier and felt more accepted.
As part of Coy's gender acceptance, she began to use the girl's bathroom, until recently when the school called the Mathis family and said that they were revoking Coy's right to do so, even though the Mathis family claim that other girl's parents were fine with it. Unfortunately for the school, this is against Colorado law under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. The law prohibits discrimination against transgender kids in public school, so the family got a lawyer to defend Coy.
Their attorney has filed a suit against them even though the school has made other accommodations for her saying that she could use the teacher's restroom, but there is no mention how far away that is from her classroom or how often it would be available for her use. William Dude, the attorney representing the school district feels that they have acted reasonably and fairly to this issue.
The Mathis family has chosen to pull Coy from school and are homeschooling her until this issue is resolved.