This is the first ruling in the nation holding that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms that match who they are, and the most comprehensive ruling ever supporting the rights of transgender people to access bathrooms without harassment or discrimination.
Elementary school refuses to speak, as twenty thousand Americans stand up for 6-year-old transgender girl
GLAAD and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) today announced that Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, CO has rejected mediation in a civil rights case asking the school to allow 6 year-old transgender student Coy Mathis to use the girls' bathroom at her school.
Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, parents of six-year-old Coy Mathis from Fountain, Colorado, have launched a change.org petition asking Coy's school to allow her to go back to using the correct bathroom. Just before Christmas, Coy's school notified her parents that their daughter would no longer be allowed to use the girls' bathroom, because she is transgender.
Dr. Jim Sears ('Dr. Jim' on CBS's The Doctors) has apologized for comments he made while part of a panel on CNN Tuesday, discussing the story of six-year-old Coy Mathis - the Colorado first-grader whose family has filed a Civil Rights case to force her school to let her use the correct bathroom.
How GLAAD's Director of News and Field Media was inspired by the story of the Mathis family, and the role stories like this play in our culture.