Transgender First-Grader Banned From Girls’ Restroom

Transgender First-Grader Banned From Girls' RestroomThe parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl who has been banned from using the girls’ bathroom at her Fountain, Colorado public school have filed a formal discrimination complaint with the aid of a lawyer—and are using the opportunity to speak out publicly in support of their child.

‘Girl Scout who loves pink’

The family has filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. It will be investigated, and if either party is unhappy with the outcome, the next step would be a lawsuit.

Kathryn Mathis, mother of first grader Coy, and her husband, Jeremy, a full-time student and disabled veteran, have four other children, including a set of triplets, one of which is Coy. Kathryn explained on “Katie” that Coy, a Girl Scout who loves pink, began gravitating toward girls’ toys and clothes by 18 months. She told Shine that Coy has many friends, and that they’d never had any problems with or complaints from any of the other children’s parents.

‘Violation of Colorado law’

But then, in December, Kathryn and Jeremy got a call from the principal of Eagleside Elementary School, explaining that the school had reversed its position on allowing Coy to use the girls’ restroom. Turns out the bathroom ban was also a violation of Colorado law, noted one of the Mathis’s lawyers, Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, based in New York City. The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination against transgender students in public schools.

Until the matter is settled, the Mathises have decided to homeschool Coy while lending their fierce support—which is vital, Silverman noted.

Should the school agree instead to re-allow Coy to use the girls’ restroom? Or should Coy’s family just go ahead with the lawsuit? Team Coy or Team Eagleside? Feel free to share your opinions regarding this issue!

Source: Beth Greenfield, Yahoo Shine

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49ers’ Chris Culliver: Gay Players Are NOT Welcome On Our Team

49ers' Chris Culliver Gay Players Are NOT Welcome On Our TeamSan Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has made inflammatory comments regarding homosexuality in football just a few days before Super Bowl XLVII. Shock jock Artie Lange revealed he had interviewed Culliver at media day Tuesday and aired a segment on his show that night, where the player insisted that any gay players would not be welcome on the team.

‘No gay people on the team’

“I don’t do the gay guys man,” said Culliver, whose Niners play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. “I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do… Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.”

When quizzed by Lange whether any homosexual athletes would need to keep their sexuality a secret in football, Culliver responded:

“Yeah, come out 10 years later after that.”

The 49ers released a statement Wednesday in response to Culliver’s remarks:

“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made [Tuesday], and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

‘Openly gay active player’

In the NFL’s long history, there has never been an openly gay active player. However, sexual orientation has increasingly come into the spotlight recently. The Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax saga was believed by many to be a ruse designed to hide his homosexuality, a claim that was vehemently denied by the former Notre Dame defensive star.

Culliver, 24, did little to improve his own reputation on Wednesday, sending out a Tweet about a woman’s monthly cycle. Culliver, a reserve defensive back for San Francisco, appeared in all 16 games, recording 48 tackles and two interceptions.

What do you think about openly gay players in the NFL? And what do you think of Chris Culliver’s statement about gay athletes? Feel free to comment on this latest controversy!

Source: Martin Rogers, Yahoo Sports

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