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6-year-old transgender girl's family battles school over bathroom use

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  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    Feb. 27, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    I hope they are also having this child undergo therapy.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    A boy is a boy

    A boy in a dress is a boy in a dress.

    A man that asks a doctor to remove his organs is a man who has asked to have his organ removed

    This kid is a boy. Boys use boys restrooms

    Or should we start letting anyone who says they are a woman into female bathrooms?

    Should any man who says he is a woman be allowed in female locker rooms?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 10:24 p.m.

    A dog is a dog

    A rock is a rock

    A piano is a piano

    Now lets have a test

    A man is a what?
    A) a whale
    B) a man
    C) a light bulb
    D) a house

    Answer: a man is a man

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    And if My daughter doesnt want a boy in the restroom with her?

    Tough luck?

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 12:04 a.m.

    Can't blame Coy for wanting to be a girl. Boy toys and clothes are so boring. But then, I never had brothers and am mom to only daughters.

    Did the parents try steering him (and unless they get rid of that pesky Y chromosome, "him" is what he is!) toward gender-neutral styles and activities? Boys and girls can both enjoy sports, arts and crafts, board and video games, adult modeling (playing kitchen or workshop, etc.), music performance, pet-raising, gardening, etc. Why do kids have to be pushed toward one stereotype or the other?

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 12:31 a.m.

    Chris B

    I can't believe I'm going to say it but here it is. I completely agree with you!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 28, 2013 12:34 a.m.

    This reminded me of a similar case in Boston involving twins:

    Jonas and Wyatt Maines were born identical twins, but from the start each had a distinct personality.

    ‘Wyattneeds hair accessories, clothes, shoes . . . likes to wear bikinis, high heels, mini-skirts.’

    Jonas was all boy. He loved Spiderman, action figures, pirates, and swords.

    Wyatt favored pink tutus and beads. At 4, he insisted on a Barbie birthday cake and had a thing for mermaids. On Halloween, Jonas was Buzz Lightyear. Wyatt wanted to be a princess; his mother compromised on a prince costume.

    When Wyatt was 4, he asked his mother: “When do I get to be a girl?’’

    His parents had no idea what was going on. They had barely heard the term “transgender.’’ Baffled, they tried to deflect Wyatt’s girlish impulses by buying him action figures like his brother’s and steering him toward Cub Scouts, soccer, and baseball.
    (The Boston Globe, 2011)

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 28, 2013 12:39 a.m.

    This child is suffering from a serious disorder and needs understanding. Perhaps the best situation for him/her is homeschooling until the parents and medical and psychological specialists determine what the best options are.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Feb. 28, 2013 5:19 a.m.

    Is putting this child's name and picture in the paper helping? Why can't the issue be discussed by interviewing the family, without making an object of the child? Six is very young for the parents to make this permanent public record.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Feb. 28, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    nice to see the arm chair human behavior experts hard at work this morning.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    Sex is a biological attribute determined by genetics (X and Y chromosomes) and anatomy. Gender is entirely a social construct determined by culture, tradition, law, and so on. As such, gender is malleable and contextual. Medical technology has made it possible to modify anatomy and make it less biological and more cultural.

    Kudos to this child's parents for supporting her in the face of prejudice.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    @crhis b
    So I think you should look up Erik Eriksons stages of development and see which age group operates at a concert operational level (black and white thinking), which seems to be your baseline of reasoning.

  • Dubai Holladay Dubai, UAE, 00
    Feb. 28, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    There are many places in the states that have uni-sex bathrooms and it seems not to be a problem.
    Why are you making this such a big issue for a little kid. Where have all the educated people gone?

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    It's a bathroom for petes sake. Personally I don't see what the big deal is. It's not like the toilets are shaped any differently.

  • Ann Blake Tracy Logandale, NV
    Nov. 7, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    Gender Identity Disorder diagnosis at age 6?!!!!! You must be kidding! I know a little girl who refused to come unless she was called Jimmy. She insisted on wearing only pants and cowboy boots. The family thought it was because her brother, one and a half years younger was very sickly and therefore got all the attention. It did not take too long before she outgrew it, but if I recall correctly it persisted for a couple of years.

    Our society is much too fast to diagnose a "disorder" without really looking to learn the true cause of behavior because it is just another excuse to medicate someone. Get them at an early age and you can medicate them for a lifetime! Unfortunately due to the very damaging effects of such medications that lifetime is cut much too short.