Victory: Mathis Family’s Victory in Complaint Alleging School Discrimination Against Transgender Child

L-to-R: Auri, Kathryn, Dakota, Lily, Max, Coy, Jeremy Mathis
Photo: TLDEF
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L-to-R: Auri, Kathryn, Dakota, Lily, Max, Coy, Jeremy Mathis  Photo: TLDEF

L-to-R: Auri, Kathryn, Dakota, Lily, Max, Coy, Jeremy Mathis
Photo: TLDEF

First-of-Its-Kind Decision Mandates Equal Treatment for Transgender Students

DENVER, Col.—The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) will hold a press conference on Monday, June 24, on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building to announce that the Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of six-year-old Coy Mathis, whose school had barred her from using the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school because she is transgender. This is the first ruling in the nation holding that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms that match who they are, and the most comprehensive ruling ever supporting the rights of transgender people to access bathrooms without harassment or discrimination.

Coy was labeled male at birth, but has always known that she is a girl, which she has expressed since she was 18 months old. Since kindergarten, Coy had worn girls’ clothing to school. Her classmates and teachers used female pronouns to refer to her, and she used the girls’ bathrooms, just like any other girl in her school. In mid-December 2012, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 informed Coy’s parents that Coy would be prevented from using the girls’ bathrooms after winter break. The District ordered Coy to use the boys’ bathroom, a staff bathroom, or the nurse’s bathroom. [pullquote]“This ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school,” said TLDEF’s executive director Michael Silverman.[/pullquote]

Coy’s parents removed her from school and filed a Complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on Coy’s behalf in February, 2013.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHENMonday, June 24, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building, 200 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

WHO: Kathryn Mathis, Jeremy Mathis, six-year-old Coy Mathis and siblings; TLDEF Executive Director Michael D. Silverman; community members.

WHY: “Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her,” said Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother. “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.”

“This ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school,” said TLDEF’s executive director Michael Silverman. “It is a victory for Coy and a triumph for fairness.”

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression, and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

[From a News Release]

2 Comments on "Victory: Mathis Family’s Victory in Complaint Alleging School Discrimination Against Transgender Child"

  1. Odd. Parents are meant to direct their children in the right direction. This whole new age of parenting where they let young children decide everything, under the ruse that it is for their benefit and personal growth is a cop out. They are your children. Be their parent. Do what you are mandated to do. If you can’t love, support and guide them then don’t have children. Every child questions their sexuality, purpose, style and choices regularly. Help them find the answers but don’t think they are responsible and mature enough to make their own decisions about everything. They are children and there is a reason they are dependent on parents for everything.

    • What? “Ever child questions their sexuality.” WHAT? You’re joking right? Where is your proof of this? I don’t know of any 6 year old, whether it was when I was 6, my own 6 year old, all my extend families kids, neighbors and friends kids who have had a child question their sexuality. It was never a question for me from the beginning. Very early on, especially at the age of 6 I natural was attracted to girls without any thought or question whether I should like boys instead. I would venture to say that only children who are indoctrinated with this LGBT poison become confused. The anatomy and make up of a human being dictates whether they are a boy or girl and which sex it is natural to be attracted to. You can throw whatever free speech, Homosexual rights, or pseudoscience propaganda at me you want, but reason and logic are on my side. All you have to do is take a look at the anatomy of a man and women an it’s a no brainer to logical deduce they are meant to go together and anything to deviates from this is abnormal. A man and a women are meant to be together. If a person is born a male he is meant to remain a male and is meant to be attracted to a female and vice versa. If you believe otherwise, you illogically deranged in the head and you are doing a horrible injustices to people who are easily persuaded and misguided in these matters. Websites like this and any one who pushes this debauchery on others and get them to believe it is normal will be held responsible for the damage they have done.

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