A six year old Colorado girl, who was born a boy, has won the right to use the girls’ bathroom at her school. The Colorado Rights Division ruled in favor of Coy Mathis in her fight against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District. Mathis’ parents took the fight to the commission after their daughter was banned from the girls’ bathroom at Eagleside Elementary, and instead asked to either use the boys’ bathroom, a gender neutral facility, or the nurse’s lounge.
Coy’s mother says she’s just happy their daughter can return to school in the coming fall–she’d been home-schooled during the proceedings. “Schools should not discriminate against their students,” Mathis said. “All we ever wanted was for Coy’s school to treat her the same as other little girls. We are extremely happy that she now will be treated equally.”
Coy has chosen to dress as a boy for most of the past year. Both her passport and state-issued identification recognize her as male.
Mathis’ mother told CNN news, that she received a call from the school last December, telling her that Coy would no longer be able to use the girls’ restroom. Sighting worry about the other students and saying that, “As Coy grows older and his male genitals develop along with the rest of his body, at least some parents and students are likely to become uncomfortable with his continued use of the girls’ restroom.”
The family’s attorney received a letter from the school district’s to the same effect.
Although comprehensive data about transgender children is difficult to find, global studies have estimated there are anywhere from 1 in 30,000 to 1 in 1,000 transgender people.
Mental health experts who work with transgender children say, children as young as age 3 can show early signs of gender identity disorder. These children do not have any physical disorders or malformations of their sexual organs, the gender issues they experience exist in the brain. Experts aren’t in agreement on the whether the origin is psychological or physiological.
Science is showing that transgender children are most likely born that way. Even before children can verbalize their sense of gender, they start to tell us who they are through their play and choices for clothing, hair styles, and toys. Once they are old enough to talk, transgender children strongly insist that they are “really” a boy, or “really” a girl.