Something worth celebrate: Coy Mathis

Today is a day worth celebrate because we have made another step forward on the scene of transgender equal rights movement.

Coy Mathis, a six year-old transgender first grader, has been told by her school that she cannot use the girl’s restroom because “as she grew older and developed, some students and parents would likely become uncomfortable”, and that “Coy’s birth certificate stated she was male” even when her recent medical and legal documents acknowledged her identity as a female*, according to today’s New York Times article.

After an investigation since Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother, filed a complaint with Colorado Civil Rights Division in February, the Division has ruled in favor of Coy Mathis. It has become the first case ruling in the U.S. that holds that “transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms that match who they are”, said Michael D. Silverman, the executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (where Coy’s story made the homepage of the organization’s website).

Coy (L) and her family. Credit: TLDEF Information

TLDEF’s Homepage Article on Coy’s Winning the Case

*It is mentioned in CCN’s report that “Coy’s passport and state-issued identification recognize her as female.” [x]

To see more reports:

Admin Note: Thanks to Lesley for linking me the article this morning. It was a wonderful thing to wake up to.
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2 thoughts on “Something worth celebrate: Coy Mathis

    • Hi, first of all, thank you for replying and voicing your opinion. I understand your concern. It is a common misunderstanding that the parents are ‘making’ their children to pass as the opposite gender when the transgender individual happens to be a minor. But it is not the case. Coy identifies as a girl of her own accord, and experiences gender dysphoria when being addressed as a male. More about Coy and her gender identity could be found in this article.
      I am aware that there are cases where adults have forced children to dress and behave as the opposite sex, a lot of times because of the gender discrimination in the society (in many cultures males are more desirable than females), or sometimes as abusive behavior (humiliation, inappropriate punishment etc…), but it is not Coy’s case, neither was it the case for many transgender children transitioning at a young age. (For more examples of transgender children, visit my other post here for documentaries.) I don’t think Coy’s parents would want their child to go through what she’s been through. It is difficult for both the child and her family. It is incredibly courageous of them, and for that I applaud Coy and her family and everyone who supports them.

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