February 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm EST | 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 is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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