Girl Scouts Welcome Transgender Youth

Photo: Bobby Montoya (CNN)

Seven-year old Bobby Montoya is in the middle of a Girl Scouts controversy that’s got both parents and kids talking about the importance of inclusion.

When Bobby Montoya went to sign up for a local Girl Scout troop in Denver, things didn’t exactly go as planned.  The troop leader, Mary, allegedly lambasted both the youngin’ and his mom for trying to join an organization that strictly caters to girls in grade K-12. When Montoya’s mom told the troop leader that Bobby identifies as a girl, even though he was born a boy, Mary told the family that allowing Bobby into the troop would be against Girl Scout policy.

When word got out to local families and media, the Girl Scouts organization quickly responded that the troop leader, “was not aware of [its] approach” and that policy is, “If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s gfmily presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.” The org also noted that “requests for support of transgender kids have grown” and they’re working to support these children and their families.

So, Bobby and his Barbies can return to the Girl Scouts immediately, but will he? Bobby’s grandmother told a local reporter that he’d never go back to that specific troop, but may look into others. Would you go back? Did the troop leader make a bad decision, or was she right to stand her ground about Bobby’s gender? Vote in our poll below!

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