Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Girl Scout Troop Does The Right Thing For A Transkid

I have a lot of love for the Girl Scouts and even more so since they've been under sustained right wing attack.  The Reichers tried and failed to convert them into a conservatized anti-GLBT youth organization like they successfully did with the Boy Scouts.   

Because of the right wing hate flowing their way, I make it a point when their annual cookie drive starts to buy mass quantities of my fave cookie flavors.

So you know I didn't like what I heard recently coming out of the Denver area about a seven year old transkid there who wanted to join a Girl Scout troop like her older sister did and was denied entry by the troop leader  

Seven year old Bobbi Montoya has identified as and presented as female since age 2 with her parents approval.  She was initially denied entrance by the troop leader out of fear of 'getting into trouble' with the parents of other girls in the troop and her troop supervisor because she 'has boy parts'.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado organization says otherwise and released this statement to 9NEWS concerning the Montoya case:

"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. In this case, an associate delivering our program was not aware of our approach. She contacted her supervisor, who immediately began working with the family to get the child involved and supported in Girl Scouts. We are accelerating our support systems and training so that we're better able to serve all girls, families and volunteers."

That's why I keep supporting the Girl Scouts and keep buying those cookies.   Thin mints anyone?

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