Girl Scouts of Colorado Allows Transgender Boy in Girl Scouts
By Jerry A. Kane
The Girl Scouts of Colorado will now allow a 7-year-old transgender boy to join a local Girl Scout troop.
“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.”—statement to 9news.com from the Girl Scouts of Colorado
Initially, Bobby Montoya’s mother Felisha Archuleta was told that her son could not join the Girl Scouts because he is biologically a boy.
“It doesn’t matter how he looks, he has boy parts, he can’t be in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts don’t allow that I don’t want to be in trouble by parents or my supervisor.”—local troop leader
The boy’s grandmother Rose Archuleta said her grandson was devastated by the troop leader’s remarks.
“It was like somebody told me I can’t like girl stuff, and I have to change my name to something else.”—Bobby Montoya
But then the state organization’s hierarchy learned about what had happened and overturned the troop leader’s decision:
“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.”—statement to 9news.com
Archuleta says her son has been acting and dressing like a girl for years.
“He’s been doing this since he was about 2 years old. He’s loved girl stuff, so we just let him dress how he wants, as long as he’s happy.”—Felisha Archuleta
Now that the Girl Scouts of Colorado have officially accepted the boy into their ranks, the mother and son appear reluctant to accept the offer.
“My daughter is never going to take him back to join that Girl Scout Troop.”—Rose Archuleta
The Girl Scouts of Colorado says that the number of requests by families of transgender boys to join the girl scouts has increased, and the organization is working to meet the increased demand and support the volunteers who will serve them.
Knowing that most kids with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) will grow out of it, it’s shameful that members of his immediate family and the Girl Scouts of Colorado are enabling his suffering and feeding his delusions.
“Between 85 percent and 90 percent of the [GID] kids that we’ve seen don’t grow up and want to become the opposite sex. They grow up and are pretty happy in their own skin.”—Ken Zucker, psychologist and head of the Gender Identity Service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health inToronto
My addiction to Girl Scout cookies ends with this decision by the Girl Scouts of Colorado. And I do so love Girl Scout cookies.
For more on the story, see Girl Scouts Allow 7-Year-Old Boy to Join Because He is ‘Living Life as a Girl’, Transgender boy’s attempt to join Girl Scouts initially rejected because ‘he has boy parts’ and Boy wanting to join Girl Scouts told ‘no’