Transgender Child Turned Away From Girl Scouts
October 28, 2011
by Kate Goodin
Seven-year-old Bobby Montoya, from Denver, CO, self-identifies as a girl, dressing like one and playing with girls' toys. But when Bobby wanted to do as many girls do and join Girl Scouts, the troop leader said no.
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Montoya's mother Felisha questioned the troop leader by asking what the big deal was, and she said the troop leader responded that it didn't matter if Bobby dressed or acted like a girl--he still had "boy parts" and thus couldn't become a Girl Scout. Bobby cried when he heard that he couldn't join.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado later rescinded their answer, and said in a statement that they are "an inclusive organization", and that "if a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her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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So will Bobby Montoya join Girl Scouts? His grandmother Rose Archuleta told the New York Daily News that her daughter "will never take him back to join that Girl Scout troop."
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Watch Bobby and Felisha Montoya's interview here:
What's your reaction to Bobby Montoya's story? Do you think he should have been allowed in Girl Scouts? Should Boy and Girl Scouts continue to be separate groups?