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. Krista

    What a precious little face 🙂 Why can't we just let people be? Why do we all have to make an issue out of everything? Gender, religion, breast feeding, weight... The world would be such a beautiful, more peaceful place if we could all just mind your own business.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • fsjunkie

      What my kid experiences at school IS my business. I've got just as much right to protest a mixed gender bathroom situation as this kid's parents have a right to argue for the exception. From an economics standpoint, there is far greater representation in the position opposed to it. This parent has a long way to go before having any legal grounds for discrimination. The parents need the supreme court to first rule "male or female" to be a psychological factor instead of an anatomical one.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Transgender BOY* fights school – Fixed that for you.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDCinNS

      Well done.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Most of you are unbelievable

    I wonder if any of you that are saying the parents are bad parents should be charged with child abuse and they the mother is a bad mom have ever had children of your own? Have you ever experienced the heart break of seeing your child hurt? I highly doubt it becuase if you had, you would understand the mother's position. This child is a beautiful human being and she need all of our love and support. You do not need to accept her choice, but you have no right to belittle her and her family.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cornell

    This is crazy because boys don't use girls bathrooms and girl don't use boys bathrooms period. Well is it ok for a gay man who thinks he's a womam to go into a womens bathroom because he thinks he's a women. If he's a boy than just go to the boys bathroom simple. The parents are STUPID for doing this to that poor kid. Grow up people.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. donkey kong

    he is a boy so he needs to be treated like a boy sounds like he was brainwashed into thinking he was a girl maybe his parents wanted a girl so bad that they made their son into a girl.....

    February 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jane

    If you can one day impregnate a female, but can never get pregnant yourself, sorry... you're a male.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • kastandlee

      Jane: So a girl born with XX chromosomes and external female genitalia but without ovaries isn't 'really' a woman, right?

      February 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ciy

    Hmmm.... Born a boy, has body parts of a boy, genetically coded as a boy, but is a girl? Is gender now self proclaimed rather than physical attributes? If that's the case ethnicity will soon be transparent.

    Watch, someone who's Father is 100% Italian and Mother is 100% French is soon going to self-proclaim their ethnicity as Maori because he/she grew up in New Zealand. This is how you know our society is in it's decline.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I'm an American Indian ! And a chef !

      February 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bebe

    At this age a washroom really isn't an issue. If he wants to go to girls then it's not hurting anything. It's a boy that wants to dress like a girl. As he gets older it'll become more of an issue. Perhaps it's a stage. There was a TV show I think call the Borrowers that a boy dressed as a girl. It's not a transgender child as it's a boy wearing girls clothes and no hormonal alterations have been made. He's 6. I would be concerned as a parent if it goes on into puberty.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fsjunkie

    Ok, simple solution. Change the signs on the bathroom doors to show depictions of required anatomy to enter.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fsjunkie

    Ok, simple solution. Change the signs on the bathroom doors to show depictions of required an ato my to enter.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SDCinNS

    Gender is not a state of mind – it's a physical reality. "I wish I could fly" does not turn me into a bird – and I shouldn't demand to be placed in the Audubon Society's "Field Guide to North American Birds" – and my parents certainly shouldn't sue people to try to make it so for me.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      And how did you come to this information? Did you just make up that sorry statement or are you an expert on brains of transgender individual?

      February 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • cutenu2

      Jessica, do you have anything to contribute to the story or do you just troll to see how you can be contrary you can be. He is a boy and that's that. His over indulgent parents are to blame. Hell no he can't go in the girls bathroom. We don't have to bow down to these "progressive" types that don't have time to parent and just feed into confusing their child even more just for the sake of controversy. Give me a break. The other parents are the ones that should be outraged and making noise about a boy in the girl's room. He's a boy and will always be a boy no matter what is said or done.

      February 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Completely disgusted

    These posts disgust me. None of you are mental health professionals and yet you judge these parents. They are doing what most of you probably wouldn't do and that is putting their child's happiness and comfort in front of their own comfort. Do you think it is easy for this father to watch his "son" go to school in a dress everyday? Do you think it will be easier for this child to be forced to act like a boy his entire life while everyone ignores it while he suffers in silence and then at 18 make that transition. He has been to therapy and was actually diagnosed with a condition. Do you all know how many kids in the situation are ignored by their parents and told they are crazy? These are the kids that run away or, worse, commit suicide because their parents wouldn't listen and the kids around them bullied them because they had no voice and no support. This little girl's parents have given her a voice and support in a very difficult situation. I applaud them and you all want them to go to jail and be punished? What is wrong with society that supportive parents are villains? This makes me very sad indeed...

    February 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMB

      Darwin would have fed this offspring to a snake.. survival of the fittest.. not comfort every odd, quirky weird thing out there.. Is anyone thinking about the other 5 and 6 year old actual girls that walk into the bathroom with a boy ? No one seems to care about that ??

      Its becoming much more obvious that there should be 3 bathrooms.. boys, girls and other/neutral/hermaphrodite, transgender or whatever name you wish to stick on it.. How bout a bathroom that says Both/Confused ?

      This age of equality to all does not care how far over the line things go.. ones happiness does not and should not override the rules, laws, and happiness of the masses.. sorry.. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

      February 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      I think the point some people are getting at is that a one year old cannot deduce what gender truly is-they can't even use the toilet properly. I highly doubt at the age of six a child can grasp the full extent as to what transgender is. The school is not being unaccommodating-they allow the child to use faculty or the nurse's bathroom. They're not forcing him to use the boys bathroom. I understand the school not allowing him to use the girl's restroom-he's not the only student in the school, and he is a boy. I personally think the parents are delusional and doing their child a great disservice. They say that this has opened their child up to teasing and bullying-something of which will not stop merely because you sue the school over a bathroom ordeal. I think parents would rather stand on their soapbox instead of preparing their child for the reality that is the world.

      February 28, 2013 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. Monica

    She's a transgender girl, not "transgendered". Her identification is not on a timeline for others to determine, it is an adjective of her expression.

    February 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDCinNS

      Actually... it's a biological fact.

      February 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMB

      Are you serious ??? my god.. this world deserves to come to an end.....

      February 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sara

    If the child or his parents are uncomfortable with his using the boys' restroom and the girls or their parents are uncomfy with a child with male genitalia in their bathroom, perhaps the child could use a teacher's restroom? Since the child is technically, physically male, I don't think the little girls' room is appropriate. They have the same right not to be subjected to boys' genitalia in their restroom as that child has to not be subjected to it in the boys' room. So a neutral restroom seems a good solution.

    February 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Columbine; legalized marijuana; theater shootings; and now poddy wars.

    February 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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