Transgender Child Wins Right to Use Girls' Bathroom

Colorado Civil Rights Division rules for Coy Mathis

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 24, 2013 6:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Coy Mathis, the transgender 6-year-old whose school wouldn't let her use the girls' bathroom, has won her battle. The Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in her favor, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund announced yesterday, finding that barring Coy from using the girls' bathroom was discriminatory. But Coy won't actually be using the Eagleside Elementary School bathrooms anymore; the first-grader has moved with her family to Denver and will be attending a new school, KDVR reports.

"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," the Fund said in a statement, according to ABC 7. As for the Mathis family, "we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her," says Coy's mom. "All we ever wanted was for Coy's school to treat her the same as other little girls."

Coy Mathis plays with a smart phone as her mother, Kathryn, watches, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis plays with a smart phone as her mother, Kathryn, watches, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Coy Mathis sits with a book at her home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis sits with a book at her home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Coy Mathis gets a push on a sled from her father, Jeremy, in the back yard of their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis gets a push on a sled from her father, Jeremy, in the back yard of their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Coy Mathis, right, plays on the computer at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis, right, plays on the computer at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Coy Mathis, right, walks out of her bedroom, at her home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis, right, walks out of her bedroom, at her home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Coy Mathis, left, plays with her sister Auri, 2, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis, left, plays with her sister Auri, 2, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Coy Mathis gets a hug from her mother Kathryn, who holds Coy's sister Auri, 2, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis gets a hug from her mother Kathryn, who holds Coy's sister Auri, 2, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Coy Mathis sits on a couch at her home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis sits on a couch at her home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Coy Mathis, left, plays with her sister, Auri, 2, center, as Coy's face reflects in the mirror, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.
Coy Mathis, left, plays with her sister, Auri, 2, center, as Coy's face reflects in the mirror, at their home in Fountain, Colo., Monday Feb. 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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