Target: Fountain-Fort Carson School District
Goal: Reprimand school for discriminating against a transgender student
Coy Mathis, a first-grader at Eagleside Elementary, is a transgender child who was assigned a male gender at birth but identifies as female. Her parents Kathryn and Jeremy remember Coy always being feminine, and thus, have supported their daughter through difficult times of bullying and acceptance. Coy has recently started wearing girls’ clothing and has always used the female restrooms at school. However, Coy’s parents received a phone call from the school stating that district officials have decided that Coy can no longer use the girls’ bathroom. A transgender rights group has filed a complaint for the Mathis family. The Fountain-Fort Carson School District must apologize for discriminating against Coy and reconsider its decision.
According to CNN, the school district states that it has not broken any discrimination laws against Coy and the transgender community. The district’s attorney, W. Kelly Dude stressed that it “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. However [the district is] certain you can appreciate that, 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.”
In addition, the district stated that the school allows Coy to use gender-neutral bathrooms, the nurse’s restroom, and the boy’s bathrooms. Despite these options, the school does not realize the impact its decision will have on Coy. The concept of transgender identity is still very hard to understand for a lot of people. However, there has been data showing that gender dysphoria can appear as early as three years of age. Coy has already identified herself as a girl. Her passport and state-issued identification card also identify her as a female. There are bound to be negative effects from the district’s insistence on identifying Coy as male. The district must apologize for discriminating against her and consider reversing the rule.
Dear Fountain-Fort Carson School District,
The first grade student Coy Mathis identifies as female despite being assigned male at birth. Coy has been wearing female clothing for the majority of last year and has also been using the girls’ bathrooms at Eagleside elementary with no complications. However, her parents found out that she will no longer be able to use the girls’ bathrooms based on your opinion that she is a boy.
I understand that the concept of gender dysphoria may be hard to understand, but that does not mean that it is fair for you to discriminate against a young girl based on her gender identity. Coy is identified as a female on her passport and her state-issue identification card and it is time that the district acknowledges her gender as female as well.
Apologize to the Mathis family and reconsider reversing the decision.
[Your Name Here]
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