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Mathis family on discrimination lawsuit: Coy's body development is no one's business, we need to protect her

The story of six-year-old Coy Mathis has captured the nation's attention. Her parents, Jeremy and Kathryn, have filed a lawsuit against a Colorado school district due to the school no longer allowing Coy to use the female restroom at her school. Coy was born with male sex organs but identifies herself as female, and had been previously allowed to use her school's girls' bathrooms.

Jeremy, Kathryn and Coy talk with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning to explain the move to sue the school district.

"We actually have no idea what caused them to go from being so accepting to her, to completely change, and start discriminating against her. We never had any issues with other classmates or any parents at all," Kathryn says.

The school claims it was accommodating Coy, and now wants her to use the boy’s bathroom, the staff bathroom, or the bathroom in the nurse’s office located on the other side of the school. According to the lawsuit, the district attorney for the school, W. Kelly Dude, claims that as Coy's body develops in the years to come, her use of the girls' restroom will make some students and parents uncomfortable.

"The immediate problem with that is we're not in middle school yet, we're not in high school yet, and they're punishing a six-year-old for something that hasn't happened, and may not happen. Her body development is none of their business. That's up to her and her doctors in the future. That's not something we're at right now, and right now we need to be protecting a six-year-old not a middle schooler or a high schooler," Kathryn says.

Coy's father Jeremy stands firmly that the school is discriminating against his daughter, and he feels that the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act applies to Coy. The act reads, "Places of public accommodation may not deny any person participation, entry or services based upon the person's sexual orientation or transgender status."

Jeremy believes that the school is “in fact discriminating… I know they state they have been accommodating, but what they're doing is discriminating, forcing her to use a separate bathroom from all the rest of the kids or forcing a little girl to go in the boys' room, and that's not okay."

Currently, Coy is being homeschooled until this matter is resolved.

See an extended version of the interview in the clip below.


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  1. kdlilli

    Also, what about those little girls who will be dealing with puberty soon. There can be some uncomfortable situations for them to deal with that can be harder if there is a bio boy walking around the bathroom. The changes for little girls can be very hard....have these parents thought about those kids????

    March 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. kdlilli

    ya know we are saying this child is old enough and mature enough to understand and pick gender....yet we're saying they are not able to understand biology and understand why being a bio male in a women's bathroom is inappropriate....to me these parents would be better off making this a teaching moment for their child in dealing with what they say is the reality of her situation

    March 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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