Coy Mathis, transgender six-year-old, wins case over access to girls' bathroom

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We've been following the story of Coy Mathis, a transgender six year old from Fountain who prompted a complaint over access to the girls' bathroom at her elementary school.

Now, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has announced that the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in Coy's favor.

Look below to get details and see the ruling, as well as our previous coverage.

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Coy, center, flanked by siblings Max and Dakota.
As we've reported, Coy, a triplet who's one of five kids parented by Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, became a cause of the aforementioned Transgender Legal & Education Defense Fund after being her family was informed over winter break that she could no longer use the girl's restroom at Eagleside Elementary, where she attended first grade. Rather, she would be required to visit either the staff or nurse's office facilities when nature called. The Mathis family, joined by the TLEDF, subsequently filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District #8, arguing that the new dictate "[singled] her out for mistreatment, and [taught] her classmates that it's okay to discriminate."

See also: "Coy Mathis's mom: No family should have to fight for respect for transgender children"

The story soon generated national publicity, with Coy and her loved ones appearing on CNN and Katie Couric's syndicated talk show, among other outlets. Additionally, a March article in the New York Times used the Mathis case as an example of what appears to be a national trend. The Times pointed out other recent instances of conflict and disagreement over transgender matters in an educational setting, such as a group of high school students in Batesville, Mississippi, who protested after a transgender classmate was allowed to don female clothing.

The latest? The fund is declaring "Victory!" thanks to a determination in Coy's favor. According to an organization release, "This is the first ruling in the nation holding that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms that match who they are, and the most comprehensive ruling ever supporting the rights of transgender people to access bathrooms without harassment or discrimination."

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Max helps Coy get into the swing of things.
The Colorado Civil Rights Division document, dated June 17, portrays the dispute over bathroom usage as much less problematic than the size of the controversy might imply. Steven Chavez, the report's author, points out that only one complaint was made about Coy, with the parent in question complaining more about the actions of her parents than which bathroom she was using. Moreover, the school and district (referred to as "the Respondent") is taken to task on a number of other issues. Here's a key excerpt:
Though the Respondent articulated various grounds to legitimize its position, none were substantiated by sufficient evidence. Instead, the Respondent misinterprets statutes and regulations, provides superfluous, irrelevant information, appears to invalidate the Charging Party's transgender status by referring to the Charging Party as he or "her" (note the use of quotation marks), and demonstrates a lack of understanding of the complexity of transgender issues. The Respondent's safety concerns for the Charging Party, as well, are misstated, since the Charging Party demonstrated that she was not in any danger while using the girls' bathroom. The Charging Party, on the other hand, provides evidence to demonstrate that using the girls' restroom was not disruptive to the school environment and permitted her to gain full acceptance from her peers.
Here's what serves as the conclusion of the report:
In light of the totality of the evidence, the Respondent's grounds for the denial of service are not credible and are a pretext for denying the Charging Party equal treatment. The circumstances of this denial demonstrate a reasonable inference of discrimination based upon the sex and sexual orientation of the Charging Party. Therefore, a case of discriminatory denial of services has been established.
The Mathis family is expected to hold a press conference today to speak about the ruling. In the meantime, here's the document in its entirety.

Coy Mathis Ruling

Continue for our previous coverage of the Coy Mathis story, including photos and videos.


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Kae A Done
Kae A Done

How could it not be the right decision? The child is transgender. I think children are far more flexible and OK with stuff that grownups aren't.

Dolly Pocket
Dolly Pocket

Growing up in Fountain is the real bad decision. Glad I made it out of that hell hole!

Susan Danford Geffre
Susan Danford Geffre

How is it possible for anyone to possibly agree with this?! First, how is this positive for Coy psychologically? Second, what happens to other kids when they see a boy in their bathroom? Where is the sense of privacy for our girls? Last, what sort of door does this open for further lawsuits? All around this is a VERY bad decision- for Coy, for the school, and for America. How sad. My heart goes out to the entire family.

Annette Cannon
Annette Cannon

The court document says that 'medical breakthroughs now allow a prepubescent transgender child to arrest the development of their male (or female) features and encourage the advent of female (or male) characteristics'. So whats next is that the parents are going to start giving this child hormones and a sex change? When does this occur?

Barbara Arrowsmith
Barbara Arrowsmith

Definition of BIGOT : a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance See: Deborah

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Look up BIGOT..second class FOOL. Second class only if you are not a patient or CRIMIGRANT!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

The parents should be put in prison for child abuse.  They have systematically ruined this child for life so that they could get attention.  (Not to mention what they are doing to their other children.)

How many of you brain dead, "I'm so enlightened", bleeding-heart liberal twits actually believe it is okay to force a baby into a "sexual identity" at the age of 18 months?  

Rebecca Young
Rebecca Young

Buh bye Deborah, don't let the door hit you in your bigoted ass on the way out.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I can't see this turning out as a positive decision for anyone . Can you honestly see this poor child returning to the same school ? ( Or any school following this fiasco ??? ) I personally am grateful I'm a guy . I couldn't imagine being a woman !

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Why are people sexualizing children? Seriously

Samantha Bergren
Samantha Bergren

Unfortunately most transgendered folks don't feel safe enough to come out until adulthood. But thanks to Coy's supportive and open-minded parents she has a chance to spend her whole life as the woman she is meant to be. Way to go Mathis Family!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'm not a parent by personal choice & am curious how I would respond if this were my child . I'm like %99 of the nation who is not familiar w/ gender issues . I'm sure I would handle it wrong . Like trying to MAKE her a boy !

Better by you, better than me .......

Barbara Arrowsmith
Barbara Arrowsmith

Deb, honey, please read the topic. Not about police corruption, nor domestic violence. It's about a six year old kid feeling comfortable in their own skin. Please elaborate on how this will negatively impact me and my family? And how disagreeing with you makes anyone a hypocrite or a bigot. Do tell.

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

poor baby, if you are not drunk, then you need a drink.

Kristin Berryhill
Kristin Berryhill

And being an overly paranoid idiot will make you crazy! Case and point.

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

what does all this have to do with the topic at hand? are you lost?

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

^ maybe not alcohol... But you've been over imbibing on something.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Do not drink alcohol! If this were not my home, for now. I would not care about the continued police and government negligence and CORRUPTION! This crap does not affect me as much as it harms YOU and YOUR FAMILIES! IGNORANCE is BLISS isn't it LOSERs!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Strangely enough 805 Julian St. is next to KNOX, in Denver.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

Deborah - my bet is you've never compassionately interacted with a transgendered person, let alone loved one. When you do, your heart will have compassion.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I wish her all the luck come high school ......

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Really Aundra..this would NEVER happen in Colorado due to continued police and government negligence! Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters shared Domestic Violence Crime Watch's photo. Knoxville, TN - As their 6-month-old daughter is at their feet, Angela Major and Ken Mason could be heard fighting over a handgun Wednesday at their Alcoa Highway residence, a witness tells the Knox County Sheriff's Office. The weapon discharged, hitting Mason in the hand before striking the head of their child, who later died at University of Tennessee Medical Center. The Knox County couple face charges of reckless homicide in the shooting death of their 6-month-old daughter Wednesday afternoon and are each being on $1 million bond. The witness, identified as Ashley Kilpatrick, told investigators she overheard a physical struggle over the handgun before the weapon discharged. Knox County Sheriff’s Office detectives say Major, 26, and Mason, 40, both of 2421 Alcoa Highway, were involved in a domestic dispute at the time of the shooting, which occurred about 1:30 p.m. at their residence. The baby was transported by Rural Metro to University of Tennessee Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. A handgun believed to be involved in the shooting was recovered at the scene. According to releases posted on the sheriff’s department website, Mason already had an attachment to an outstanding warrant and has an additional bond of $10,836. Major was previously charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated arson, theft, and vandalism. There is an outstanding warrant for Mason on failure to obey court orders, as well as two failures to appear on juvenile petitions. SOURCE: http://www.thedailytimes.com/Local_News/story/Witness-in-baby-shooting-tells-Knox-investigators-parents-were-fighting-over-handgun-when-weapon-discharged-id-037662 Read more: http://www.wbir.com/news/article/277528/2/Mom-charged-in-shooting-death-of-baby-lost-custody-of-other-3-kids http://www.wate.com/story/22656835/dcs-unaware-angela-major-had-6-month-old-until-after-childs-death Image: Kelsey Major, image from Facebook, published on WATE TV website Like · · Share · 2 minutes ago ·

Syd Tastic
Syd Tastic

I didn't see any spelling or grammatical issues with the article, but I appreciate the compliment! Thank you!

Barbara Arrowsmith
Barbara Arrowsmith

Thanks for the spell check Syd, leaves me free to speak to the facts. Deb, sweetie, your problems with cops responding to what I am certain are calm, rational 911 calls could not be less relevant to this topic. Oddly, victimless crimes often go unpunished, in all 50 states, not just Colorado. Disturbing the peace is a specific set of criteria, not "THEY BOTHERED ME, ARREST THEM!" Since this case involved a judge and a courtroom, not the local men in blue and the mean streets of your neighborhood, there is no logical connection to the topic at hand. But feel free to keep on railing against the man....or transgender children....or people peeing on your lawn.... Or whatever it is you're yammering on about. If I were you, I'd spend less time bitching about things you know little about and more time on Craig's list looking for a new place to live. The moon is nice this time of year.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Men pissing, a woman and child HIDING from a domestic violence fight. That was only in the back yard. Last month, I opened my front door. A woman stopped her car on 8th Ave. her children left in the car, as she got out SQUATTED and PISSED on the my parkway. In full view, I saw her twat and the gushing piss steam. You may say call the negligent police. HA! A few weekends ago, stupidly, I called twice, the negligent cops again. About a loud physical fight at 805 Julian St., involving 5 adults and a BABY! As usual I was treated as a second class citizen. No charges to them, they said they had no victim. The victim and BABY drove off, just feet in front of the 1st responding NEGLIGENT COP. So, then I requested that charges be filed, because they disturbed my peace. REFUSED by the PREJUDICE and NEGLIGENT 2 different Denver Dist. 1 Police Sergeants. My list of police and Government prejudice, negligence, selective enforcement and deliberate in difference continues to grow longer. BUT who cares, until it directly HARMS YOU ALL!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Westword should pay you to be an editor, Thanks.

Syd Tastic
Syd Tastic

You identify as a male? I suspect you're purposely misinterpreting, but please, be my guest. I doubt many men will care that you're using the stall in their bathroom. If you use the urinal, they might even be impressed! By the way, it's "enforce", but who needs spellcheck when you have a caps lock key.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

SPEAKING of pissing rights. I just posted this to 9news in response to their request of weird things in the back yard.... Men pissing, a woman and child HIDING from a domestic violence fight. That was only in the back yard. Last month, I opened my front door. A woman stopped her car on 8th Ave. her children left in the car, as she got out SQUATTED and PISSED on the my parkway. In full view, I saw her twat and the gushing piss steam. You may say call the negligent police. HA! A few weekends ago, stupidly, I called twice, the negligent cops again. About a loud physical fight at 805 Julian St., involving 5 adults and a BABY! As usual I was treated as a second class citizen. No charges to them, they said they had no victim. The victim and BABY drove off, just feet in front of the 1st responding NEGLIGENT COP. So, then I requested that charges be filed, because they disturbed my peace. REFUSED by the PREJUDICE and NEGLIGENT 2 different Denver Dist. 1 Police Sergeants. My list of police and Government prejudice, negligence, selective enforcement and deliberate in difference continues to grow longer. BUT who cares, until it directly HARMS YOU ALL!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

I identify with men, but love being a woman. GREAT, I can use the men's room now! Women are so catty. Make sure to tell the negligent and prejudice cops this LAW, that they may or may not inforse.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@fishingblues Very passionately stated, fishingblues. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Samantha Bergren Thanks for weighing in, Samantha. Much appreciated.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Samantha Bergren  

This is pretty much never proceeded territory for children, I take ????

All the power to the family in support !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Naomi Wolinsky  

It's normal Deborah rantings ......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts <=== Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Deborah Watts Deborah, at least come up with some new stuff to lie and exaggerate about.  I've seen nearly identical posts from you in the past.  I need to be entertained here! 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts ... see your therapist Deb ... inform them the meds aren't working.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts "I can use the men's room now! "

When you learn to use a urinal standing up, you are qualified to use the men's room.


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