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Utah Film Center to show trans youth documentary: ‘Growing Up Coy’

How far would you go to fight for your child’s rights? The Utah Film Center will be showing a free screening of Growing Up Coy, a documentary of a six-year-old Colorado transgender girl, who was banned from using the girls’ bathroom at school and her parents take a stand. Coy’s parents hired a lawyer to pursue a landmark civil rights case of discrimination, and the family was thrust into the international media spotlight, causing their lives to change forever. A timely topic as states across the US battle with this particular civil rights issue.

The free screening is coming to Salt Lake City on Nov 17 at the Marmalade Library, 280 W 500 North.

“…(We want to) try to help people understand what the transgender experience is like. When you see Coy and you spend 82 minutes with her and her family, hopefully [you] come away with the fact that this is actually just an ordinary family who loves their kids and want the best for their kids. And Coy is really just a little girl who wants to be like all the other little girls and do everything else that any other little girl would want to do, including using the girls’ bathroom,” said director Eric Juhola in a statement.

WHAT: Utah Film Center presents special screening of GROWING UP COY

DATE: Thursday, November 17, 7:00pm

WHERE: Marmalade Library, 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City

DESCRIPTION: Growing Up Coy is a feature-length documentary that centers around a young Colorado family who engages in a highly publicized legal battle and landmark civil rights case, as they fight for their 6-year-­old transgender daughter Coy Mathis’s right to use the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school. The Mathis family’s landmark case in 2013, was the first in the United States to decide in favor of a transgender youth using the bathroom facility that corresponds with their gender identity. The film asks a universal question that any parent could face: “How far would you go to fight for your child’s equal rights?” More information at



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