LGBT Rights Group Sues School for Banning Transgender 6-Year-Old Boy from Girls’ Bathroom

By Penny Starr | February 27, 2013 | 4:53pm EST

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( – A six-year-old boy who has been told that he cannot use the girls’ restroom at his elementary school is being discriminated against, because he is transgender, an LGBT advocacy group claims in a civil rights complaint, according to a report in a Colorado Springs newspaper, The Gazette.

Coy Mathis’ mother said her son has lived as a girl, including dressing in girls’ clothing, using the girls’ bathroom at school and having teachers refer to her as a girl.

“We socially transitioned her to a girl, which at that age means merely changing pronouns and growing her hair out,” Kathryn Mathis told The Gazette. “No medicines.”

Once Coy was denied access to the girls’ restroom at school, the parents decided on home schooling so Coy would not face “bullying and harassment.”

Kelly Dude, an attorney representing the Colorado Springs school district and Eagleside Elementary School, wrote a letter to the New-York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which the gay rights group provided to The Gazette.

“The district’s decision took into account not only Coy but other students in the building, their parents and the future impact a boy with male genitals using a girls’ bathroom would have as Coy grew older.”

The letter also said that Coy could use the boys' bathroom, a staff bathroom or the nurse’s bathroom and noted that Coy was not denied access to educational services.

On Tuesday, Peter Sprigg, senior fellow with the Family Research Council, testified before the Maryland Senate about Senate Bill 449 that would provide discrimination protection for transgender people in laws regarding public spaces, housing and employment.

“I have compassion for those who suffer from gender identity problems,” Sprigg said. “I do not underestimate the pain that people experience when they want to be, or believe that they are, something different from their biological sex.

"However, the solution offered, or implied, in the bill simply will not be effective in easing that pain,” Sprigg said. "A person who believes they are, or wishes to be, the opposite sex from that which is written in the chromosomes of every cell of his or her body, is suffering from a disconnection with an immutable biological reality,” Sprigg said.

“The solution to this problem is not actions - up to and including self-mutilating surgery amputating healthy body parts - which will reinforce this disconnect with reality,” he added.

“The solution is compassionate counseling aimed at helping the individual to uncover the psychological roots of their gender identity problems, and to become comfortable with one's actual biological sex,” Sprigg said.

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