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).
*It is mentioned in CCN’s report that “Coy’s passport and state-issued identification recognize her as female.” [x]
To see more reports:
- The New York Times: Rights Unit Finds Bias Against Transgender Student
- CNN: Transgender first-grader wins the right to use girls’ restroom
- The Huffpost: Coy Mathis Case: Colorado Civil Rights Division Rules In Favor Of Transgender 6-Year-Old In Bathroom Dispute
Admin Note: Thanks to Lesley for linking me the article this morning. It was a wonderful thing to wake up to.