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Transgender 6-Year-Old Wins Right to Girls' Bathroom

DENVER, CO-June 24, 2013: Six-year-old Coy Mathis, along side her mother, was front and center during a press conference on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol to announce that the Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of Coy Mathis, whose school had barred her from using the girls bathroom at her elementary school because she is transgender, June 24, 2013. 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.(Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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One of the first things little boys and girls learn in life is that they’re different … down below. The upshot: When nature calls, boys go in the little boys' room, girls the little girls' room. But which bathroom should a transgender child visit when the urge to pee strikes?

At Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, Colorado, this question became a hot-button topic due to a 6-year-old named Coy Mathis—who was born a boy but has recently started dressing and acting like a girl with her parent’s support.

The parents, Kathryn and Jeremy, told the press that Coy started showing a preference for girly stuff at five months when she nabbed a pink blanket from her sister. Later on, she shunned boy toys like cars and refused to leave the house wearing boy clothes, and became depressed, begging to get “fixed” by a doctor.

Coy was diagnosed with gender identity disorder, a condition where you identify with the opposite sex. Coy’s parents decided to support their child’s choice by letting her live as a girl. She soon began to flourish.

Only her self-confidence was shaken when her school ruled that she could use the restrooms in the teacher’s lounge or nurse’s office, but not the girl’s bathroom. Fearing this decree unfairly stigmatized their daughter, the Mathis family filed a lawsuit against the school, and the Colorado Division of Civil Rights found probable cause of discrimination. Since then, the Mathises have moved to Aurora, and Coy is homeschooled.

Schools in many states (Colorado included) allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with, and have anti-discrimination laws to address this issue. For little Coy’s sake, we’re glad to see that they’re enforced.

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