By Sandra Birungi
6 year old Coy Mathis is at the moment fighting for her rights after she was banned from using girls’ bathroom despite having undergone the gender change when she was aged only four years old.
Her parents, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis are helping her battle for her rights. They have already filed a formal discrimination complaint and hope their daughter will be helped. “The more you talk about something, the more awareness and acceptance there is,” Kathryn said. “We’re really just trying to make it known what the school has done and make them accountable.”
It all started when she was 18 months old. Her mother, Kathryn, a photographer and certified nurse’s assistant said her daughter Coy, a Girl Scout who loves pink, began moving toward girls’ toys and clothes by 18 months. At 4, she asked her mother, “When are we going to go to the doctor to get me fixed so I can be a girl?” A psychologist confirmed then that Coy was indeed transgender. She then started dressing as a female, lining up with the other girls and using the girls’ bathroom. “The change in Coy after she transitioned at school was just amazing,” Kathryn said. “The anxiety went away, the depression went away. She became happy.”
In December, the school reversed their decision to let her use girls’ bathroom a decision which her parents thought was not fair.