Bobby Montoya of Denver, CO wishes to join the organization because he identifies more with the female lifestyle. His request for entry was initially denied, but he may soon get his chance after a review of the membership eligibility requirements.
9 News Colorado reports that when Montoya's mother brought him to register with the group, they were firmly told no. A troop leader told them that Montoya had "boy parts" and that the group was exclusively for girls. The troop leader further elaborated by stating that it could cause problems with some parents if they allowed a boy to join.
Girl Scouts of Colorado later released a statement saying:
"Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. 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, their families and the volunteers who serve them. 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. We are accelerating our support systems and training so that we're better able to serve all girls, families and volunteers."
Given the details in this statement, Montoya and his mother believe that there is nothing in the organization's policies that would prohibit him from joining.
NECN reports that the GLBT Community Center of Colorado is currently working with parents and children in understanding these types of issues. They say that there is an increasing rate of young children who are identifying themselves as transgendered.