February 27th, 2013
01:30 PM ET

Complaint filed in transgender child's case

A civil rights complaint is being filed on behalf of a transgendered child barred by her Colorado school district from using girls' restrooms, an advocacy group said Wednesday.

The complaint to a Colorado civil rights agency, on behalf of 6-year-old Coy Mathis, will be the first to challenge a restriction on a transgender person's bathroom use under Colorado's anti-discrimination laws, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund told reporters in Denver.

First-grader Coy, who was born with male sex organs but identifies herself as female, had been allowed to use her school's girls' bathrooms until school officials barred her from doing so after winter break, her family says.

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  1. Justin

    Why does a 6 year old have PURPLE hair??? There's obviously something wrong with the parents since they're teaching the kid that it's ok to change his/her natural looks at such a young age.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Goralle

    If I was a parent at the school, I would be relieved to learn that the administration will not allow a student with male genitalia to use the girl's restroom. Wear a dress and purple wig if you like, but if you have man parts, use the men's room.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • normal

      what about the other kids in the class, and there lifes. they should not have to understand that. it is not about one kid it is about the whole.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    If it doesn't matter anymore, why not eliminate ALL gender specific restrooms? Just make one big one for all to use.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sue Loyd

    All of these posts are so embarrassing and ignorant! I now realize why I don't access my computer often or use the so-called "social media." It's downright depressing how stupid the comments are.

    Sinead

    February 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShakesHead

      Thank you!

      February 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. socalnativex

    vincent, spot on! the researcher was a gay man who was trying to move his agenda. you are not born gay, most gays have an interesting story.......... well, interesting for Jerry Springer! i feel sorry for this kid, as HE is a product of Todays BAD PARENTING! this boy DOESNT HAVE A FATHER FIGURE to show him how to act and dress!!
    we need an intervention NOW!

    February 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kastandlee

      By which you mean "Someone should beat and torture this child until I'm no longer uncomfortable by her existence," right?

      February 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      A female is born with all of the eggs she will have for the rest of her life. He was born with male organs. He will never truly be a female. The parents should have helped their child accept this and be happy with who they are. Now, this poor child will be tortured for life, living as someone they know they will truly never be.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • kastandlee

      By which you mean "Someone should beat and torture this child until I'm no longer uncomfortable by her existence," right?

      [Hm, first attempt posted new instead of replying.]

      February 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Warbo

    Mom and Dad must have really, really, wanted a girl.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vincent

      Exactly.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    This is not a transgender unless some sort of pre-op medication has been implemented. Anyone can wear a dress.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bree

    Also, if we are saying throw gender norms out the window, why is it that these transgender people always take on stereotypical/outdated gender roles and then proclaim themselves female? Just because you want to play sally homemaker, wear dresses, and play with dollies does not make you a female. Not all females even do that. If i want to dress like a man, work on cars, watch football, and do other manly things, that does NOT make me a male all of a sudden. All this child is is a male who likes to take on stereotypical female gender roles for fun. He is still a male.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Degeneration

    Male organs = Male
    Female organs = Female

    Why are people so adamant on changing what BASIC biology teaches us?
    Why are people so adamant on rejecting common sense and SCIENCE for feelings?

    Feelings are grounded in emotion, not common sense.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pea

      you seem to FEEL strongly about that.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ShakesHead

    I am stunned at what I am reading on this article... you people claim to be the enlightened and the progressive folks in this world...yet so much hatred and bigotry coming out of your mouths... shouldnt you be on FoxNews instead of CNN? This is 2013 people...not 1980..."Get over it"? About time you got over it. Someday they will look back and claim that hate and bigotry was a mental illness.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality

      it's not an issue of liberalism or conservatism - the child is 6 years old and does not have the mental capacity to make choices like this for himself. If the child wants to be transgender or gay or whatever more power to him but not at 6 years old. This is child abuse b/c it turns out to be a phase, what sort of mental trauma is this little boy going to have when he's 18?

      February 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      hahah, if your trying to say that she/he should be able to use any bathroom it chooses you should be castrated and not allowed to reproduce. You stupid Dems and your "times have changed" way of thinking. If you think its okay for a boy to use a girls restroom then there is something completely wrong with you. Maybe I will start to use the little girls room, after all theres nothing wrong with that,... Right?

      February 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluemalak

      Reality is right, he is too young to make such a monumental decision. It could be a play for attention from his parents, which he is certainly getting. Kids will carry out these things if they're getting attention for it. He's just too flipping young for labels.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cecil

    ok

    February 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. reality

    this is child abuse; the parents should be prosecuted and child taken by the state.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      100% agreed!

      February 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. laurie

    oh for heaven's sake... have the child use the restroom in the health office.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Houkoten

      So, it should be the standard operating proceedure for any "different" child to have special attendents assigned to them to cater to their special needs in every instance?

      At what point do you draw the line between a child being different or just acting out and to what degree are they catered to? Precidents, such as this, create the argument for more personal responsibility instead of the expectation of everything to be catered to every individual and thus the ever escalating costs for everyone ensue. Public provided functions have to be the floor, not the ceiling, for services provided and leave the choice up to the individuals involved.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Same Planet, Diff County

    I imagine this child's parents have gone thru their own personal hell in trying to understand their transgender child. I also imagine it has taken courage to let their child identify as a girl in the public realm. Good luck to Coy as she grows into an adult. I hope she will experience the acceptance and kindness of humanity, rather than the bigotry exhibited in some comments here. For some reason some people are very opinionated about restroom usage.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Judging by the parents allowing her to change her hair color to that color, I don't think her parents mind one bit. I bet they raised her as a girl and told her that she was a girl since she was born.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hap Hazzard

      Hear hear!

      February 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hap Hazzard

      Good luck Coy.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Stop using the word "she". You can not just proclaim yourself to be of different gender. If you have the XY chromosome and male organs, you are a he. A he that dresses in females clothes. If I wanted to be born a bird, and identify myself as a bird, would that make me a bird? No. You can't just claim to be whatever you want and become that thing.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      hahaha, you got that right. I think I will call myself God, why not right? That means I can do whatever I want and not get in trouble, cause I'm God, I have the right to decide what is right and wrong.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
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