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Mon., June 24, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

Rights Ruling Favors Transgender Girl

Six-year-old transgender girl Coy Mathis, second from right, holds her mother Kathryn Mathis's hand as the family arrives for a news conference at the Capitol in Denver today. The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of Coy Mathis, whose school had barred her from using the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school because she is transgender. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

A Colorado civil rights panel has ruled that a suburban Colorado Springs school district likely discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl when it prevented her from using the girls' bathroom at her elementary school. Coy Mathis's family raised the issue after school officials said the first-grader could use restrooms in either the teachers' lounge or in the nurse's office, but not the girl's bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain. Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis have said the district's decision would end up stigmatizing their daughter, who they said had come out of her shell when they began to allow her to live as a girl, instead of a boy/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo)

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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