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It's an accommodation for transgendered kids that's permitted in a few, but increasing numbers of schools.

It could end up as the latest civil rights issue: Children who are born with a boy's or girl's plumbing but who believe they are respectively a girl or a boy should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.

The argument is made by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and others that kids using the bathroom of their choice is a civil right. The group has filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on behalf of a six-year-old "girl"* who has been ordered to stop using the the girls' bathroom. She instead has been ordered to return to use the boys' or the school nurse's bathrooms.

Reported ABC News:

Coy Mathis, born a male triplet, has behaved like a girl since she was 18 months old. When her brother Max was consumed with dinosaurs, she was playing with Barbie dolls. By 4, she

Coy Mathis,

Coy Mathis,

was telling her mother that something was wrong with her body.

Since being enrolled at Eagle Elementary School in Fountain, Colo., the 6-year-old has presented as female and wearing girls' clothing. Her classmates and teachers have used female pronouns to refer to her, and she has used the girls' bathrooms.

It's not just in tots' bathrooms that this is happening. Reports City Watch:

RUSS REPORT - Hats off to California State Assembly by Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco for passing what could become one of the most contentious bills in the state. AB 1266, dubbed the “School Bathroom Bill” by some, sailed through the Assembly on May 9 with a strictly partisan vote of 46 to 25.

Ammiano’s legislation mandates that elementary, middle and high school students be allowed, among other things, to access opposite sex bathrooms, locker rooms, and other “facilities,” based on the student’s chosen “gender-identity” and regardless of what gender is listed in the pupils records.

In these and other cases (here), the wishes of parents of other students are not considered to be part of the equation. But, I guess, they don't count. It won't be long, I predict, until those parents who object to the arrangement will be called homophobes.

* The transgendered community prefers that we use  pronouns whose gender is preferred and not the "birth" gender. I am following that preference.

 

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  • In many elementary classrooms there is one bathroom for all to use. This was true for me growing up and in fact, I once opened the door and a little boy was in there.
    In older grades, the girls' bathrooms have stalls.
    The bathroom seems to not be an issue in schools where I or my girls attended.

  • The government always has its nose stuck in somebody's s**t.

  • wow! first let me correct you on your vocabulary. The 'ed' is not used and is a common mistake. Being transgender is not past tense - the word is not a verb - it is a noun. I am no more "transgendered" as someone is "Irished" or "Mexicaned".
    Second - your use of the word "homophobes". Homophobia is the irrational fear of a gay person. If you want to use the proper vocabulary the word you're looking for is Transphobia - the irrational fear of a transgender person.
    What these situations need is a calm rational process of education. What many people and reports that come out against transgender children are sexualizing this kids. Believe me, from someone who went through the torture of knowing I was different, the last thing these kids are thinking about is seeing someone else naked. All Coy and children like her want to do is live their life. All coy wants to do is live in the gender she knows she is regardless of the physical form she was born with. To deny these children the freedom to live their lives authentic to the gender they are is equal to psychological torture. I lived that torture for a long time because of the fear that people would react in a negative way.
    As a parent myself, I have raised my kids to understand that differences in others are not something to be feared, but embraced and often learned from. I have taught them that when we face something new or something we don't understand, we do our best to take time and educate ourselves and come to an understanding that benefits all involved.

  • Perhaps Atticus Finch said it best: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view---until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

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