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Historic: Trans 6-Year Old Wins Right To Use School Bathroom

After being supported by teachers and school staff since kindergarten, six-year old Coy Mathis was told that she would no longer be able to use the girls restroom when school resumed from winter break earlier this year.

Simply because she's transgender. 

Her parents received a letter from a lawyer for the school district last year that callously read in part, "as Coy grows older and his male genitals develop along with the rest of his body, at least some parents and students are likely to become uncomfortable with his continued use of the girls’ restroom.”

Coy and her siblings were immediately pulled from the school as her parents pursued a lawsuit with help from the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) to fight for the first-grader's right to use the restroom she identifies with. 

Coy and her family won that battle today in a historic first for the transgender community in the U.S, according to the TLDEF.

"Schools should not discriminate against their students and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her," Kathryn Mathis, Coy's mother, said today. "All we ever wanted was for Coy’s school to treat her the same as other little girls. We are extremely happy that she now will be treated equally."

"This ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school," said TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman. "It is a victory for Coy and a triumph for fairness."