Transgender First-Grader Wins Right To Use Girl’s Bathroom

A Colorado civil rights board on Sunday ruled in favor of a 6-year-old transgender girl who was told she couldn’t use the girl’s bathroom at her elementary school, the Denver Post reported.

Coy Mathis’ family filed a civil rights complaint in February after the Fountain-Fort Carson School District told Mathis’ parents that she couldn’t continue to use the girls’ restroom after the holiday break. 

“Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her,” mother Kathryn Mathis said in a statement, as quoted by the Denver Post. “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.”

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund will hold a news conference at the Colorado State Capitol Monday to explain the case’s decision.

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