The ACLU of Texas and Equality Texas are hosting a screening of the documentary film “Growing Up Coy” on Feb. 22 at 7 PM at Yerberia Cultura in McAllen.
The documentary covers one of the more important LGBTQ discrimination cases in recent memory. The Colorado school district was discriminating against a transgender girl by not allowing her to use the girl’s restroom at her elementary school. The film covers the young girl and her family as they fight back against that school’s decision, the widespread transphobia in their community, and the way the media covered their story.
This case, which took place in 2013, predates the more recent national stories regarding this same topic that took place last year in 2017.
The screening is free and open to the public.
Michael D. Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, was quoted in the New York Times saying that this case is “the first ruling in the nation that holds that transgender students be allowed to use the bathrooms that match who they are.”
This film was released in 2016 to positive reviews, receiving a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has played at several film festivals, premiering at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in 2016.