The Girl Scouts’ Inclusive Transgender Policy Rankles Conservatives

The American Family Association is upset that the Girl Scouts of the USA has reaffirmed its commitment to inclusivity

May 15, 2015 at 1:31 PM ET

The Girl Scouts of the USA caused a stir among conservative groups in 2011 when it announced it would allow the admission of transgender girls on a “case-by-case basis.” Now the organization has come under fire once again after it reaffirmed this inclusive stance in a reported update to policy guidelines (Vocativ contacted the Girl Scouts to confirm when the policy was updated, and is awaiting confirmation).

The policy currently reads:

“If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.” 

The decision caught the attention of the American Family Association (AFA), which has since launched a petition, and is warning parents about the alleged dangers of accepting transgender, gender-questioning or gender-variant children.

“Girls in the organization will be forced to recognize and accept transgenderism as a normal lifestyle,” claims the organization. “Boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young innocent girls at risk.”

The AFA is joined by sister group One Million Moms, which predicts that “Girl Scouts is on course for disaster” for making good on its commitment to inclusivity.

Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, which is also affiliated with the AFA, calls the move “just one more slap in the face to Christian parents.”

The issue first came to light in 2011, when Bobby Montoya, a gender-variant seven-year-old, tried to join a Colorado Girl Scouts chapter. Though the application was initially rejected, Montoya’s mother challenged that decision. The Girl Scouts agreed and decided to accept Montoya as a member.

“Since our founding year in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA and its councils and troops value diversity and inclusivity,” says Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Chief Girl Expert at the Girl Scouts of the USA. “Our mission to build ‘girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place’ extends to all girls.”

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