Bobby Montoya is allowed to join the Girl Scouts even though he’s a seven-year-old transgender child. Montoya was born a boy but only identifies as a girl and has been allowed to join the Scouts despite the group’s initial policy to ban him for having “boy parts”.
The child from Colorado, dresses and behaves like a female. He wanted to join the non-profit organization like his older sister. His mother, Felisha Archuleta, told Denver’s 9NEWS how she took her son to register but was told he could not join.
“I said: ‘Well, what’s the big deal?’ She said: ‘It doesn’t matter how he looks, he has boy parts, he can’t be in Girl Scouts’,” Ms Archuleta said.
The registering official reportedly continued: “Girl Scouts don’t allow that [and] I don’t want to be in trouble by parents or by my supervisors.”
Bobby Montoya, who lists his favorite toys as Bratz and Strawberry Shortcake, said it was tough news to hear.
“It was like somebody told me I can’t like Girl stuff and I have to change my name to something else,” he said.
But the Scouts recanted on their initial decision yesterday, releasing a statement saying they support transgender kids.
“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”.
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