Coy was labeled male at birth but has always known that she is a girl, which she has expressed since she was very young. Since kindergarten, Coy has worn girls’ clothing to school. Her classmates and teachers used female pronouns to refer to her, and she used the girls’ bathrooms. In mid-December 2012, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 informed Coy’s parents that Coy would be prevented from using the girls’ bathrooms after winter break. Despite the Mathis family’s efforts to get the District to reconsider its decision, it refused to do so. Coy’s parents removed her from school and filed a Complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on Coy’s behalf in February 2013 with the help of the TLDEF. The CCRD ruled that year in favor of Coy, one of the first decisions in the country ever holding that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms that match who they are.
“Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her,” Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother, said at the time. “All we ever wanted was for Coy’s school to treat her the same as other little girls. We are extremely happy that she now will be treated equally.”