Coy Mathis is a transgender six-year-old girl (who was born as a boy), who recently fought for her right to use the girls' restroom at her school. It's fortunate news to report that she is victorious in her battle for equality for transgender children — and all children. The Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) ruled in favor of the elementary school student, stating that banning her from using the girls' restroom created "an environment that is objectively and subjectively hostile, intimidating or offensive."
Eagleside Elementary School discriminated against the youngster when they refused to allow her access to the girls' restrooms at the school.
The CCRD has rightfully viewed this as discrimination and has made it possible for such discrimination to come to an end. Coy's parents are ecstatic about the recent ruling. Her mother said the following:
"Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her. 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."
Equality is an extremely important issue for multiple groups of people. It seems that all too often that children are overlooked when it comes to LGBTQ rights. In this era of heightened awareness of bullying, it's even more important that LGTBQ children not be discriminated in public schools, for the discrimination itself only sends the message that bullying these "different" people is somehow acceptable, when it clearly is not.
Coy was originally supposed to either use the boys' room or a "gender neutral" restroom before the CCRD ruled against this practice. The entire ruling put Coy at the risk of being singled out — as if simply being different didn't already attract enough negativity from her peers. Children can notoriously be cruel to their classmates, and the principal of Eagleside Elementary School only made the potential for the negativity to become inflamed. What made matters worse was the letter the parents got from the school district outlining concerns about Coy's "male genitalia."
Fortunately the ruling has already made an impact. Michael Silverman with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) said the following:
"This ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school."
He's absolutely right about that. This ruling has indeed created precedent to help in preventing other schools from discriminating against students.
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