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…”
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.