7-year-old trans child Bobby Montoya just wants to be in the Girl Scouts (KUSA Photo)
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT –[Update: see below] Mom says troop leader said: ‘It doesn’t matter how he looks, he has boy parts, he can’t be in Girl Scouts. “
Felisha Archuleta, the mother of 7-year-old Bobby Montoya said: “Bobby identifies as a girl, and he’s a boy . . .”
Bobby’s older sister was in the Girl Scouts and he really wanted to join, but when they went to sign up in Denver, CO, they were told Bobby couldn’t join.
After the child’s mother talked to the news media, the Girl Scouts released a statement which included this: “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 . . .”
The statement went on to say that they’d be contacting the family to get the child involved in Girl Scouts.
Thumbs up to the Girl Scouts! I’d say the Girl Scouts are a couple decades ahead of the Boy Scouts.
More from KUSA-TV/9News: http://www.9news.com/news/article/226301/339/Boy-wanting-to-join-Girl-Scouts-told-no
UPDATE: Dec. 25, 2011. Some “horrified” Christian parents are fight back against allowing trans members by disbanding their troops:
From IBTimes: “Almost two months after Bobby Montoya was allowed to join the Girl Scouts, however, several troops in Louisiana caught wind of the story, and have since disbanded their troops in very public protest.
Susan Bryant-Snure, a mother and former troop leader at Northland Christian School in Lacombe, La. has been especially vocal about the organization’s decision.
“It goes against what we believe,” Bryant-Snure told The Baptist Press, calling the decision “extremely confusing” and an “almost dangerous situation” for young children.
Jeff Johnson, a social issues analyst in the Public Policy Department of Colorado-based Focus on the Family, echoed Bryant-Snure’s statements, saying having a boy in the Girl Scouts would be “inappropriate” and denied the “biblical truth that God made us male and female in His image.”
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