Transgender children welcomed by the Girl Scouts of America

Children rejecting the sex they were born with is becoming a source of advocacy among mental health professionals

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Children rejecting the sex they were born with is becoming a source of advocacy among mental health professionals

Bobby Montoya, transgendered 7-year-old boy is accepted into the Girl Scouts after being denied at first. Screen shot via 9 News.

The Girl Scouts of America has released a statement that welcomes boys into the organization as a growing number of transgender boys have shown an interest in joining. The statement comes after a 7 year old Colorado boy, Bobby Montoya, went their local Girl Scout registration and was was denied by a troop leader because of his gender. Montoya’s mother, Felisha Archuleta, says that Bobby prefers living as a girl and wanted to follow in his sister’s footsteps and join the Girl Scouts.

Young Bobby told 9 News that he felt like the denial was denying him of his chosen gender and made him feel bad.

Girl Scouts of Colorado quickly retracted the troop leaders denial and released the following statement:

“Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families and the volunteers who serve them…”

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The local LGBT chapter is encouraging children who want to explore the gender of their choice and not the one they were assigned to at birth, to be welcomed in organizations that were once identified along strict anatomical differences.

While children who seed a gender identity outside the one they were born with was once considered a disorder, the condition is now being re-examined by mental health professionals as a natural occurrence in need of public education, nurturing and caring by a misinformed public.

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  • Neil

    This story is simply heartwarming. Though we still live in a time where transphobia is a major problem, I’m glad to see that Bobby is allowed to join other young girls in the Scouts 🙂

  • Andy

    Great news, but just a quick note: if Bobby identifies as female, then she’s not a transgender boy. She’s a transgender girl!

    http://www.glaad.org/reference/transgender

  • alley

    why do we have to label anyone as tg?

    can’t we just be happy for her? and accept her as a girl?

    and A++++++++++++++ to the girl scouts.

    just going to prove if you want the world to move forward it takes a woman to do it.

  • KJ

    Way to go, Colorado Girl Scouts. I will buy all the cookies you can sell.

  • You have misgendered and mispronouned this girl throughout your article. She should be referred to with “she,” “her,” and “girl,” as recommended and recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.

    She is in no way a boy, she was merely male-assigned at birth, based solely on her physical sex, not her gender identity. Biology is not destiny.

  • Shield

    Kudos to the Girl Scouts for doing the right thing and supporting this girl and other young girls.

    The article, however, undermined its laudable goal by using the wrong pronouns through the article.

    Instead of saying “a 7 year old Colorado boy, Bobby Montoya,” you could have said “a 7 year old Colorado child, Bobby Montoya, who feels herself to be a girl although she was assigned male at birth…”

    The Associated Press Stylebook recommendations for covering transgender people, under “sex changes” in the 2000 edition:

    “Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics (by hormone therapy, body modification, or surgery) of the opposite sex and present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.

    If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.”

  • Teacher

    I love this. Please note #3- Alley, that your statement about needing a woman to do it is alienating to men. Please don;t make generalizations like that that presume women are the only powerful people. You see one of the points of accepting all gender id’s is that we are all, no matter what gender id, capable of doing amazing things. There is no need to put another gender down in order to lift one person or gender up.

  • SBaumanSF

    What a wonderful story. Makes me feel good inside to hear the Girl Scouts offer a space where these children can feel safe and supported. So very impressed.

  • Professor

    Actually, there is a need to put down men. We’re going to have to make progress, not the men who create the misogyny, rape and patriarchy of society. Not all people are capable of amazing things, only mothers and daughters can.

  • Rafiq

    This is not great news. This child needs to be treated for Gender Identity Disorder (GID). It is obvious the child is confused and in need of assistance. The mere speculative fact that people think a 7 yr old can determine such matter is a testament to naivete. Ultimately this child will be harmed. It is being utterly disregarded that the child does not know best, and it has not been the overwhelming consensus of the APA that to let a child pick their gender is the best course of action. Ultimately, the lack of treatment and the feeble attempt to help this child should be constituted as child abuse. The child will ultimately suffer for the lack of action on the parents part and all who feed this behavior.

  • Anne

    I’m heartened to hear that the Girl Scouts are admitting this girl (who happened to be assigned “male” at birth). My only child is transgender (female to male) and when he was younger and hadn’t figured out his gender identity, he went to Girl Scout camp for 5 straight summers. I’m fairly certain Boy Scouts of America would not accept him either as a Scout or attending summer camp; they don’t even want to take agnostics and atheists so I can imagine their hysteria about a transgender boy wanting to participate.