Our Transgender Daughter Is Just Another Girl: Tell Her School to Stop Discriminating
  • Petitioned Cheryl Serrano
  • Responded

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Superintendent, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
Cheryl Serrano
Attorney for the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
W. Kelly Dude
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Attorneys for the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
Anderson, Dude & Lebel, P.C.
Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
Chris Trask
Principal, Eagleside Elementary School, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
Jason Crow
Assistant Principal, Eagleside Elementary School, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
Jacque Edwards
Asst to the Superintendent & Bd of Ed, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
Shiona Nash
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
Debbie Pierre

Our Transgender Daughter Is Just Another Girl: Tell Her School to Stop Discriminating

    1. Kathryn & Jeremy Mathis
    2. Petition by

      Kathryn & Jeremy Mathis

We are Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, the parents of five children in Fountain, Colorado. One of our daughters, Coy, is six years old and in first grade.  Just before Christmas, Coy's school told us that after winter break, they would no longer allow her to use the girls' bathroom, because she is transgender.

They gave Coy three options for where to go to the bathroom; the boys' room, the staff bathroom with adults, or the nurse's bathroom which is used by sick children.

Coy is not sick, she is not an adult, and she is not a boy.

Coy is a girl. She wears girls' clothes, is addressed by everyone at the school using female pronouns, and has been accepted by her classmates and teachers as a girl. But if the school separates her from all her classmates to use the bathroom, they are singling her out for mistreatment, and teaching her classmates that it's okay to discriminate.

We want our daughter to have the same educational opportunities as every other Colorado student.

We have filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division asking the school to treat Coy like any other girl, because that's been the law in Colorado since 2007, when the state banned discrimination based on gender identity.

But we want our children's school to treat our daughter equally because it's the right thing to do, not because the law forces them to.

Please tell officials at Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 that teaching children to discriminate is wrong.

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p.s.  You can also watch a video about Coy's case here.  If you're on an iPad or similar device and don't have flash player installed, you can watch a shorter, non-flash version on YouTube.

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    • james elmore RIVERSIDE, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I honor all people who are transgendered, their self-respect, self-awareness and courage are worth acknowledging and accepting.

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    • rebecca polsin ALLENSTOWN, NH
      • 8 months ago

      How very sad that we fight bullying in the schools and this little girl is being bullied by the school system that should be protecting her!

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    • Jera Davis TUSCALOOSA, AL
      • 8 months ago

      This is important for all transgender people. Anyone who understands even a modicum of what "transgender" means should be sickened by the school's stance. Coy is a girl, pure and simple. For God's sake, let her use the bathroom in peace!

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    • cassandra sabatino SECAUCUS, NJ
      • 8 months ago

      this is important to me because I am a transgender woman and I think the school should just let coy use the girls room she is a pretty little girl and she should be respected as a little girl she was born in the wrong body and god does not make mistakes he made a little girl and I support coy 110%

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    • katrina harte UK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      it terrible when a school treats sum one like this thy should be supportive

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