New Rules: Gender Expression in Colorado Elementary School

by Kelly Maxwell

In some ways Colorado has its act together: The State is making progress in the battle for same-sex unions, it has embraced that good ol’ swing-state status, and then there is all the weed stuff… But in matters concerning gender expression and healthy sexuality, they might have it ass backwards. Now don’t misunderstand, dear reader, I was born and raised in that great square state. I loved growing up in such a beautiful place, but the skies were as open as (some) people’s minds were closed.
6 year old Coy Mathis is a smiley little girl who loves tutus, princesses, and all things pretty in pink. Coy knows what makes her happy, something that eludes most adults. She transitioned in kindergarten and experienced little negativity or judgment from her fellow classmates. Her parents embraced their daughter, just as they embraced their son. They “Let her live as she was.”

The school did not see the issue as such. The Fountain- Fort Carson School District ruled that the happy little girl would have to use the boy’s room or the teacher’s facilities.  She was singled out at Eagleside Elementary and her parents would have none of it.  They contacted the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and busted out a copy of Colorado’s anti-discrimination law. The state allows a trans-identified person to use the restroom matching their gender identity. The school, however, has given the family until the middle of March to respond.

Coy has since been home schooled, as her parents refuse to back down and obey the school’s orders. The family has partnered with on a petition to stop the discrimination. You can sign the petition here. Right on.

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