DENVER—The Colorado Civil Rights Division on June 17 announced a local school district had discriminated against a transgender student when it refused to allow her to use the girls’ bathroom.
The Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 last December told Coy Mathis’ parents that she would have to use the boys’ restroom or a staff or nurse’s bathroom after winter break. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund urged the district to reconsider its decision, but it filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division in February on behalf of Coy Mathis and her parents.
The Colorado Civil Rights Division described the school district’s request as “hostile, intimidating” and “offensive.”
TLDEF said the ruling is the first-of-its-kind in the country that states trans students must be allowed to use the bathroom that is consistent with their gender identity and expression.