Earlier this month we ran a story about transgender bathroom laws across the country and how the issue was playing out for two young trans-girls, Nicole Maines and Coy Mathis. Both girls were told by their respective schools that they were not allowed to use the girls’ bathroom after complaints were received by the families of fellow students.
A Colorado court decision was made earlier this week ruling in favor of Mathis and her family. The court stated that the Colorado Springs’ school Mathis had attended had effectively discriminated against her in barring her from using the girls’ bathroom.
On the steps of the Colorado state capitol, the Mathis family and their lawyers held a press conference on Monday afternoon to address the court decision, “Her future will be better if we get to this place where this is nothing to be ashamed of,” said Coy’s mother, Kathryn Mathis. The Huffington Post claims that Mathis also said that while the family did not initially seek a civil rights battle, they were happy to advance the movement.
There have been no recent developments in Nicole Maine’s case since the publishing of our story from a few weeks ago, but the Colorado ruling may have an influence on people’s opinions and possibly the courts in Maine. Mathis family’s attorney, Michael Silverman of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund echoed this sentiment on the Colorado capitol steps on Monday, “This is by far the high-water mark for cases dealing with the fights of transgendered people to access bathrooms.”