“...(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."
“Growing Up Coy depicts the difficulties of a Colorado family's attempt, in clashing with their school district over their transgender daughter's access to the girls' bathroom, to set a precedent for transgender rights”
“...there is a very strong cohort of films that approach their subjects much more artfully, focusing on rich portraiture rather than narrow advocacy. The people themselves are no longer props, but fully fleshed out individuals who struggle with complicated situations. Look no further than Growing Up Coy, a new documentary from director Eric Juhola and producer Jeremy Stulberg (Broken Heart Land)...Growing Up Coy is, therefore, a fly in the banal ointment of the “issue film.” This isn’t The Case Against 8, with its glossy style and its conservative message. This isn’t a victory lap. It’s a real interrogation of what happens to those who take on the important legal battles of our time. Juhola and Stulberg ask the audience to quite seriously consider what we expect from our civil rights heroes, particularly the ones who don’t get to fly home to the big city after the battle. Their message is not simple or straightforward, but contemplative and admirably honest.”
"The bravest little soldier in the transgender bathroom access movement is Coy Mathis, a Colorado first-grader who won the right to use the girls bathroom in 2013...A poignant portrait of the a family whose persistence set of a national battle still being fought today, this documentary details the very personal and very public conflict they waged on behalf of the “thousands of Coys out there”
“Growing Up Coy thoughtfully takes a mostly observational approach to showing...the stresses of educating and fighting against discrimination and the negative reactions to sexual identity issues in pre-teens. The subjects all speak from their hearts, which is what makes this documentary so affecting.