Transgender student banned from girls' restroom; parents take legal action

Transgender student banned from girls' restroom; parents take legal action

Credit: (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Coy Mathis, left, plays with her sister Auri, 2, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013. Coy has been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder. Biologically, Coy, 6, is a boy, but to his parents, three sisters and brother, family members and the world, Coy is a transgender girl. Ideas about gender-disorders began to develop in the 1950s, and have been evolving ever since, both within the medical community, and in American society.

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by Kens5.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 3 at 12:51 PM

COLORADO -- The parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl are taking legal action against their child's former school after the district prevented her from using the girls' restroom. 

Coy Mathis was born a genetically male, but was diagnosed with a condition in which Mathis identifies as a girl. 
 
Until recently, Coy was treated like a girl at her elementary school, and was allowed to use the ladies' restroom. But then the district sent her parents a letter, stating that students were likely to become uncomfortable with Coy's continued use of the girls' restroom. 
 
Mathis' parents pulled the child out of school and filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. 
 
The district said Coy can use staff bathrooms or a bathroom in the nurse's office.

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