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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Girl Scouts accept transgender girls

 Bobby Montoya

Since the 1990s, Girl Scouts of the United States of America has accepted gays, but had not taken a clear stance on transgendered girls.  But after Bobby Montoya was told that she could not join a troop because she had “boy parts,” her mother spoke to the media, and the Girl Scouts of Colorado immediately released a statement clarifying their stance.

Bobby has identified as female since the age of two, and even asked his parents why he wasn't a girl.  Bobby dresses in more traditionally female clothes, and enjoys playing with dolls and My Little Ponies.  It was his wish to join his sister in Girl Scouts as well.  After this incident, however, Bobby has made even more of an effort to outwardly act as a girl in all aspects of his life.

This is a step in the right direction by an organization that does much for girls in the US and around the world, but can be a bit slow in accepting others—not only were gays not welcomed prior to the 1990s, atheists were also unwelcome.  Hopefully this will encourage other Girl Scout councils to take a close look at their policies and ensure a welcoming community for all.

-Katie Weidmann
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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