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US: Family of trans girl lodge complaint because school denied her use of girls’ toilets

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  1. It’s disgusting how the school has treated this girl. Its actions will be having an adverse effect on her emotional wellbeing so the parents should transfer her to a school that will treat her just like any other female pupil.

    As her present school is breaking the law the parents should prosecute. Its treatment of the girl is child abuse.

    1. Oops, I wrongly thought the girl was still at the school – I didn’t read the article properly as I missed this: “Her parents then began homeschooling Coy, for fear that her being made to use separate bathrooms would cause her to be bullied”. Silly me.

  2. I feel sorry for the lad and even more sorry for his twisted ‘parents’ – they need help .

    1. Oh dear Ray the troll is back again! I suppose you get off on the number of negative marks your comments receive. Frankly you must be a truly sad and lonely individual. If you want to go pick fights why not go to a gay pub and try it?

      Back to the post. It seems clear that the school district is knowingly breaking the law of the state. Very strange really as in such a litigious society as the US it could end up costing them a fortune. Probably enough to put all 5 kids through collage.

      And I must say WOW what incredibly supportive and obviously educated parents!

  3. Cute girl. I dream with the day we transgenders won’t have to suffer things like that anymore.

    1. I was shocked that this could be diagnosed at 18 months. Is that possible? Just asking.

      I can’t even remember being 18 months old. Is this something an 18 month old would even be aware of?

      Interested to know from anyone with experience.

      1. I saw this family on TV the other day. The parents first became aware there might be a problem at 18 months, she wasn’t actually diagnosed until later.

      2. You can learn about a person’s experience of their body and their identity from the time they learn to talk, by talking to them.

  4. This article has been edited from “whole” content in other sources of media. If I can find those links again I will post.

    Meanwhile the following link is complete with video FYI
    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/02/coy.html

    Similarly another students faced prejudice elsewhere..
    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2012/11/13/transgendered_student_denied_access_to_mens_washroom.html

    1. Sorry to PN! with hindsight I should clarify with a re-post!

      There are varying lengths of the interview with the parents, some media sources reported in parts, others in whole.

      If I can find those complete links again I will post.

      Meanwhile the following link is complete with video FYI
      http://www.towleroad.com/2013/02/coy.html

      Similarly another students faced prejudice elsewhere..
      http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2012/11/13/transgendered_student_denied_access_to_mens_washroom.html

  5. I have read up on this a little bit recently and it seems diagnosing early is the best thing. It means the emotional confusion of the child growing up is prevented, athough not, sadly, the prejudice of the ignorant. It also means that hormone treatment can begin before puberty preventing the male sex organs developing and making the full surgical transition easier. This seems good to me. I’d like to know if trans people can confirm this understanding. (I don’t need to hear from any trolls)

    1. I agree. Speaking as a trans person, I remember beginning to have problems when I was around 6 or 7. However, because I had no information on gender dysphoria or being trans, and my parents were determined to sweep everything under the carpet and ignore it, I spent my adolescence in turmoil and hating myself, not being able to function with even simple things like being naked in the shower, and isolating myself from other kids. All that time I knew there was something wrong, but everyone around me refused to acknowledge that. In the end, it was up to me to find out. I found out about trans people and gender dysphoria when I was 21, but by that time puberty had already finished and I was a full-grown “woman”. It was harder for me to transition then. If the problem had been identified earlier, I would have had a much easier time, particularly during those vital teenage years.

    2. carol uren 1 Mar 2013, 3:24pm

      I am a trans woman Rosie, and grew up in turmoil hating my body and praying that God would make me whole and then waking the following morning and finding nothing had changed. I tried to transition at the age of 17, way back in the early 1960’s but failed miserably because of lack of knowledge and understanding and finally after my first suicide attempt 10 years later I realised that I had to seek help in order to be true to myself.
      Early intervention does help enormously, especially if hormone blockers can be given at puberty. These prevent the onset of puberty and therefore stop the secondary sex differences from beginning (eg voice breaking, facial hair, masculinisation of the face in the case of m2f TS’s) and therefore make acceptance far easier. At this point, no cross-hormone treatments are given which would induce the secondary sexual characteristics to commence (eg breast development for m2f TS’s) – this is so that the patient can give their informed consent as to (cont….)

      1. carol uren 1 Mar 2013, 3:27pm

        whether they want to complete their transition.
        They (and their parents) receive counselling throughout this period to make sure that the child is happy and content in their new role

  6. GrrlieGirrl 2 Mar 2013, 6:11pm

    I think this is unfair on the girls in his school / class who would feel uncomfortable with Coy using the toilets. The child should be allowed to use the staff toilets to appease everyone.

    1. Daniel Howard 5 Mar 2013, 6:16pm

      Do you really think kids that young would even care or be that aware of gender and trans issues? As a person who works with young children this is a rare things and often boys and girls mix up toilets without realising.

    2. There is no evidence that this little girl’s classmates had any problem with her using the same washroom as them. You want to treat this little girl like a freak to appease some transphobic parents.

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