School Girls Without Dress Biography
A transgender 6-year-old child who was told she was no longer allowed to use the girls bathroom at her Colorado elementary school scored a major victory Sunday.
The Colorado Civil Rights Division weighed in on the side of first-grader Coy Mathis, who was told in December to stop using the girls restroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain.
"Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her," Coy's mother, Kathryn Mathis, said in a statement. "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 was born a boy, but identified as a girl at a very young age and began to dress that way. After allowing Coy to use the girls bathroom until December, Eagleside ordered the child to use the boys restroom, a staff bathroom, or the nurse’s bathroom, according to 7News in Denver. Coy's family responded by filing a civil rights complaint.
"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," Michael Silverman of the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund told the Denver Post. "It is a victory for Coy and a triumph for fairness."
SHE loves pretty pink dresses, her collection of bears, decorating her jewellery with stick-on "bling" and listening to the band One Direction.
But "Jane", nine, was born a boy and until this year she had been going to her southeast Queensland primary school as a boy.
"Michael" would misbehave, run out of classes, kick teachers and was repeatedly getting suspended and put into special education classes.
But since starting back at the same school this year as a girl, Jane's grades have improved and she has been the happiest her family has ever seen her - except for one thing.
The school, while accepting Jane's gender transition, said she was not allowed to use the girls' toilet like all her female classmates and she was made to use a toilet for the disabled.
Now her mother is fighting for Jane's rights to be treated as a girl and is prepared to go all the way to the Anti-Discrimination Commission to argue for Jane to be allowed to use the girls' toilets at school.
"She's my girl," the mother says. "I want her to be able to go to the girls' toilets, like all the other girls."
In the interests of protecting the girl and her future right to privacy, The Sunday Mail has chosen not to reveal the girl's real name or the school she attends.
Jane is a pretty, slender child with long hair tinted dark pink, who wears tiny silver anchor earrings and is much more "girly" than her mother ever was.
When asked how long she has known she is a girl she says: "Since I was born."