February 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Trans girl barred from bathroom
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FOUNTAIN, Colo.—A transgender advocacy group on Tuesday filed a complaint on behalf of a 6-year-old girl whose elementary school prevented her from using the girls’ bathroom.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund said the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 told Coy Mathis’ parents late last year she would have to use a boys, staff or nurse’s restroom after winter break. Mathis has expressed herself as a girl since she was a toddler.

“Her school should not be singling her out for mistreatment just because she is transgender,” Coy Mathis’ mother, Kathryn Mathis, said.

Katie Couric interviewed the Mathis family during a segment of her talk show that aired on Tuesday.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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