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Directed by Eric Juhola
82 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film discussion with Candice Metzler, Executive Director of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah, Susan Reimers, Attorney/MSW, and Darcy Page, parent co-facilitators for Trans PAC (Parents & Caregivers): Adult Allies of Trans and Gender Exploring Youth.
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?”
Official Selection: 2016 Frameline 40 – San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival; 2016 Human Rights Watch Film Festival
“…could not be timelier” — New York Times
“A sympathetic, of-the-moment doc…” — The Hollywood Reporter
“…urgent viewing” — The Guardian
“…provocative, enlightening” — OUT
Presented in partnership with the Utah Pride Center and Equality Utah.
Post-film panel participant bios:
Candice Metzler, Executive Director of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah
Candice is a Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Doctoral candidate nearing the completion of a PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her area of research is clinical practice with LGBTQI populations. Candice is also the Executive Director of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah. She has guest lectured on college and university campuses throughout Utah and works as a volunteer with the U.S. Department of Justice training local and regional law enforcement.
Susan Reimers, Attorney/MSW
Susan completed a dual degree in law and social work (JD/MSW) at the University of Utah in 2015. During college, she was a regular contributor to the Rainbow Law Clinic and the OutLaws (an LGBT student group at S.J. Quinney College of Law), and did her first-year practicum at the Utah Pride Center. Susan currently serves on the boards of Equality Utah, TEA of Utah, the National Federation of the Blind and the Mayor’s Disability Council, and has a strong interest in queer legal advocacy and trans-focused therapy.