1st grader transgender boy wants to use girls bathroom

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Colorado parents of transgender 1st-grader file complaint over restroom ban

Denver Post: The parents of a transgender 6-year-old have filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division because Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain banned the first-grader (boy) from using the girls’ restroom.

The child, Coy Mathis, was born male but identifies as female. She had attended the school since December 2011 before being pulled out by her parents.
“This is significant for both Colorado and nationally,” said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, who is representing the family. “For Colorado, it is the first test of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act as related to access to bathrooms by transgender students. “On a national level, as we see more and more transgender people coming out at younger and younger ages, people will be watching what happens in Colorado.”
In November, a Maine state court ruled that a school district did not violate a transgender student’s rights under the Maine Human Rights Act when it prohibited her from using the girls’ restroom.
Wm. Kelly Dude, the lawyer for Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, said there are no Colorado cases requiring public schools to permit transgender students to use restrooms of the gender with which they identify.
Transgender identity is a relatively new issue in the nation, so there is little uniformity among school district policies. Some in Colorado, including Boulder Valley Schools, have crafted detailed policies citing the state Anti-Discrimination Act. Others have not.
Boulder’s guidelines specifically address restroom accessibility, stating that “students shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity consistently asserted at school.”
The policy was developed about five years ago because “the district has long been committed to the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity,” said district spokesman Briggs Gamblin.
Every two years, the district participates in Boulder County’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which “consistently has found one of the high-risk groups for teen suicide are GHLBT (gay, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) or questioning,” Gamblin said. “It’s critically important that these students feel included — part of the community, not separated from it.”
Coy Mathis wears girls’ clothing, and students and staff used female pronouns when referring to her. But Fountain-Fort Carson administrators decided over winter break that the child should use the boys’ restroom, the staff’s restroom or the one in the school nurse’s office.
That decision took into account “not only Coy, but other students in the building, their parents and the future impact a boy, with male genitals, using a girls’ bathroom would have as Coy grew older,” Kelly wrote in a Dec. 28 letter to Silverman.
Dude argued that the district is in compliance with the state Anti-Discrimination Act because “Coy attends class as all other students, is permitted to wear girls’ clothes and is referred to as the parents have requested,” and was allowed access to single-user restrooms used by employees or gender-neutral restrooms in the school’s health room.
Coy’s parents, Kathryn and Jeremy, are home-schooling her until the issue is resolved. The family will appear at a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday on the west steps of the state Capitol to announce the filing of the complaint.
“It’s important for us to talk about this, because a lot of people have been so afraid to be their true selves for so long,” Kathryn Mathis said. “They’ve known from very young children who they are but were afraid to tell. We want to help create a society where it’s OK to be who you are.” She said that as soon as Coy began to talk, she insisted she was a girl, not a boy.
As parents, they were sad and upset when they heard that Coy could no longer use the girls’ restroom at school, Kathryn Mathis said. “This automatically singles her out and stigmatizes her,” she said. “It sets her up for future harassing and bullying, and creates an unsafe environment. The school has a wonderful opportunity to teach students that differences are OK, and we should embrace their differences, instead of teaching them to discriminate against someone who is a little different.”
It seems as if school has provided a solution by offering single-user restrooms used by employees or gender-neutral restrooms in the school’s health room – a safe environment for both the transgender boy and young girls at the school. I believe having a boy using a girls bathroom would create more of an unsafe environment for both sexes. With the parents calling out the so-called inequity of their child, they are the ones stigmatizing their child.
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0 responses to “1st grader transgender boy wants to use girls bathroom

  1. In that 3rd para. from the bottom the last line is unbelievable . As soon as the child could talk he insisted he was a she . BULL . I don’t believe that for a minute . I can’t imagine a child that young making a statement like that .

  2. I don’t like the way nearly all the reports on this describe the kid as a “transgender girl.” That plays into the agenda of the people who are trying to use him to make their own sick statement.

  3. How can a first grader can even comprehend sexual identity? it brings up the question of what is going on in that family.

  4. How the heck does he know yet? Is he sure? (He’s not even old enough to appreciate that, if he wants to be a girl, they’d have to cut “it” off during the sex change operation– call it a key decision-making criterion.)

  5. The child should be homeschooled. Life will be much easier for him when he reaches puberty. Middle school and high school is no place to be for children in this situation.

  6. When you’re that age you can IMAGINE yourself to be just about anything–especially if someone puts an idea in your head either by word or by example.

  7. Thank you DCG for this excellent post. I completely agree with you that there is absolutely no discrimination going on here, and a most reasonable solution was tendered offering “gender neutral restrooms” in the health room and single restrooms used by employees. I believe the quotation in Hamlet, “Me thinketh the lady doth protest too much” is relevant and applicable in this situation. Clearly, the parents are fueling the fire here even though a solution has been offered, notwithstanding the fact that I agree with the sentiments and rationale of the other commenters that how does this child know his/her gender, having no professional evidence confirming the child’s conclusions.

  8. This blogger (who is familiar with the family from the internet triplets circuit) describes the mother in question as a “fame-seeking attention whore.”
    One of the commenters describes how the fame-seeking attention whore used another one of her triplets, handicapped due to parental neglect, to seek donations so they cold buy a vehicle. Donate $500 and you get to have a play date with Lily! $100 and she will color a picture for you!

  9. Further evidence that we are circling the drain with increasing speed.

  10. Dumbest thing I’ve ever read. The first words the child said were, “I’m a girl”, lets me know right off the mother’s lying and looking for a hand out!! This poor little boy is being tortured by his parents and should be taken from them so he can be allowed to live a “normal” life!!!

  11. Have y’all heard of this transgender kid named Jazz? “She”-aka HE-is a fairly famous case, you can do a search on YouTube. The sickening thing is the parents are actually allowing “her”/him to take hormone blockers to stop testosterone during puberty, and then “she”/he will take estrogen! It is so frustrating because I thought that if puberty was allowed to kick-in properly, that it would finally kick some sense into him and he would finally wake up and want to be a man!

  12. I hope when these kids grow up and realize what’s been done to them, they sue everyone involved for everything they have. Or somehow send them to jail.

  13. That poor kid – he should be learning his ABCs, not this silliness….God have mercy on us all!


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