Civil Rights is certainly in a new day and age. A court in Colorado recently ruled that a little boy has the right to use the girl’s bathroom after his parents took the case the court.
The six year old child, Coy Mathis, has parents who decided to stop having their son live as a boy last year. He complained about jeans and t-shirts and wanted to wear dresses and tutus instead. This led to him wanting to use the girl’s bathroom with all the girls in his school, which led to controversy and confusion for everyone, especially the children.
“[Coy] wanted to know when we were going to take him to the doctor, so that they would give him girl parts, so that his body would be a girl,” Coy’s mother Katherine said.
“[Coy told us,] ‘I’m a girl, but these people think I’m a boy, but really I’m not a boy,’” she said. “And we took her to the various doctors and they talked with her and came to the same conclusion: that for her emotional and mental well being she needed to be her true self.”
The teachers and administrators at Eagleside Elementary School didn’t know what to do when Coy came to school and wanted to do what the girl’s did. The school called his parents and said that he had to use the boy’s bathroom. To be sensitive to his situation, they said that he could use the private teacher’s bathroom as well.
“Coy was born a male and at least some parents and students are likely to become uncomfortable with his continued use of the girls’ restroom,” school officials said in a letter to Coy’s family.
This letter led the parents to provide the school with a copy of the anti-discrimination law in the state of Colorado, which states that if you identify with the opposite gender, you should be allowed to use the facilities of the gender you choose. But the school district refused, and Coy’s parents contacted the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. This led to a complaint being filed against the school for violating Coy’s civil rights.
After some deliberation, the commission ruled in favor of Coy’s family.
“Given the evolving research into the development of transgender persons, compartmentalizing a child as a boy or girl solely based on their visible anatomy is a simplistic approach to a difficult and complex issue,” it stated. “[The district] … deprived [Coy] of the social interaction and bonding that commonly occurs in girls’ restrooms during these formative years, i.e., talking, sharing and laughter.”