A young trans girl in Colorado was initially turned down by their local Girl Scout leader when they wanted to join. The leader told the child and her mother that Girl Scouts wouldn’t allow the child to join, and the leader didn’t want to get in trouble with their supervisor. Not only was this leader being transphobic and discriminatory, but she was also WRONG.
Girl Scouts of Colorado came back and released this statement:
“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.”