Sigourney Cole tells board she’s determined to fail high school over a nonexistent trans classmate

Sigourney Cole
Sigourney Cole
Sigourney Cole turns after speaking to the board in a video posted on facebook by her mother.

13-year-old Sigourney Cole and her conservative Christian mother are fighting against legislation that allows transgender students the right to use the bathroom and changing facilities that match their gender identity, claiming that it will result in her failing High School.

Sigourney Cole tells board she’s determined to fail high school over an imaginary trans classmate

Sigourney Cole has told school officials that she is being discriminated against because transgender students have been given the right to use the bathrooms and changing facilities that best match their gender identity. Speaking out on the issue Sigourney told officials that she did not wish to use the same facilities as transgender students due to religious reasons and that her feelings should trump the law.

Sigourney and her mother have been fighting hard to get her school, Emmaus High School in Eastern Penn, to ban transgender people from using the bathroom and changing facilities, despite the fact that there are no actual transgender students in the same class as Sigourney.

Speaking on Monday evening at a school board meeting Sigourney Cole said, ‘I am a woman, and I identify as a woman, and you can’t make me change in front of someone who I don;t identify with who is physically male.’

She went on to say that because transgender students are allowed to use the same facilities as her (again, despite not having any trans students in her own class) she feels that she must sit out of gym class, a choice that will result in her failing gym and ultimately High School. She is claiming that this is somehow her being discriminated against.

‘I feel nothing against transgenders, I would just not like their rights to overrule mine.’ She spoke out, somehow equating equal rights to a marginalized group having more rights than she does in some warped view on reality where not being privileged means being discriminated against.

‘Gym requires us to participate in order to pass high school so if I don’t change I’m not allowed to participate. So my options are to let myself be discriminated against or fail gym for not participating and not pass through high school, which would jeopardize my future.’

Sigourney’s mother, Aryn Coyle,who posted the video of her speaking shares the same extreme views on the situation and has been actively supporting and encouraging her daughter, going so far as to likening the fight to discriminate against transgender students as a ‘battle’ on her Facebook account.

Aryn has asked that Sigourney be excluded from the class due to religious reasons, however, the school principal responded to her to say that ‘religious exemption from class only applies in health class due to sexuality content and not gym class’.

‘I have always been an advocate of any special arrangement that prevents any group of people from being mistreated based on who they are.’ Aryn wrote on social media, blissfully unaware of how contradictory that statement is to her actions and just how bigoted she actually is. ‘But I will NOT stand by while the law dictates that male bodies are allowed to walk into my daughter’s locker room, undress next to her, and shower alongside her. Whether or not the male bodies are covered in pants or skirts is irrelevant. They have no place in her locker room.’

Aryn has said that she is proud of her daughter’s bigotry and that she will stand by her even if her selfish hate leads her to fail high school for wanting transgender students to be discriminated against. Again, just to make this clear, there are no transgender students involved in this case at all, Sigourney Coyle has no transgender classmates, she just wants her religion to trump any potential real people.


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Amy is a journalist and editor contributing the websites Planet Transgender, Gay News Network, The Bottle Episode, The Retro Box and Claire Channel. Amy is also a published comic book writer and letterer. In addition to her writing Amy has also worked with the Centre For Hate Crime Studies in Leicester and has worked in the capacity of an advisor to the United Nations Entity For Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women.


  1. There’s nothing “conservative” about her… conservative applies to those who would preserve a way of life. In her case she’s not conserving anything other than prejudice.


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