- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Parents of a 6-year old transgender child are suing Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, Colo., after officials prohibited the child from using the girls’ bathroom.

The first-grader, Coy Mathis, was born a boy but identifies as a girl, The Denver Post reports.

“This is significant for both Colorado and nationally,” said the family’s attorney. “For Colorado, it is the first test of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act as related to access to bathrooms by transgender students.

“On a national level, as we see more and more transgender people coming out at younger and younger ages, people will be watching what happens in Colorado,” he told the Post.

The school district’s lawyer, Kelly Dude, told the Post that there are no Colorado cases requiring public schools to permit transgender students to use restrooms of the gender with which they identify.

Coy Mathis wears girls’ clothing, and students and staff used female pronouns when referring to her. Her parents have since pulled her out of the school.