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June 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Transgender child wins discrimination case in Colorado

Children should learn to respect identities of self, others

Coy Mathis, 6, lays in the grass at the Capitol as her mother Kathryn Mathis does a television interview in the background in Denver on Monday, June 24, 2013. Her father Jeremy and brother and sisters are also pictured. The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of six-year-old Coy Mathis, whose school had barred her from using the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school because she is transgender. [AP Photo/Ed Andrieski.]

Coy Mathis, 6, lays in the grass at the Capitol as her mother Kathryn Mathis does a television interview in the background in Denver on Monday, June 24, 2013. Her father Jeremy and brother and sisters are also pictured. The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of six-year-old Coy Mathis, whose school had barred her from using the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school because she is transgender. [AP Photo/Ed Andrieski.]

Cheers for the parents and Colorado’s civil-rights division for putting a child’s rights above our right to discriminate. [“Transgender first-grader wins discrimination case,” News, June 24.]

As a past director of an early childhood learning center, I realize the potential challenges of working with the rights of a transgender child and the school community.

Our children are growing up in a different world than we did. It is bigger and more inclusive of differences. One thing I am sure of is that no one can decide for another person the truth of who we are and how we feel about ourselves. That is our inherent right that must be protected, fostered and honored.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful message for children to learn at a young age that it really is what’s inside of us that counts?

Mary Dispenza, Bellevue

Comments | More in Politics | Topics: children, colorado, discrimination

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