A 7-year-old Denver boy who dresses and behaves like a girl is making news by attempting to join the Girl Scouts. And after a brief scuffle, he may be on his way to doing so.
Bobby Montoya has been identifying as a girl since around age 2, his mother told Colorado station 9 News. "We just let him dress how he wants, as long as he's happy," she said. But Montoya has faced bullying in school, and when he recently tried to join a local Girl Scout troop, he was turned away by a troop leader who said he wasn't allowed to join because he has "boy parts."
[Bobby's Mom Felisha] Archuleta told 9NEWS when she brought Bobby to register, a troop leader told her Bobby couldn't join.
"I said, 'Well, what's the big deal?' She said 'It doesn't matter how he looks, he has boy parts, he can't be in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts don't allow that [and] I don't want to be in trouble by parents or my supervisor,'" Archuleta told 9NEWS.
"It was like somebody told me I can't like girl stuff, and I have to change my name to something else," Bobby said.
Subsequently, the Girl Scouts of Colorado released a statement stating that it is an "inclusive organization" that welcomes kids like Bobby. The statement reads, in part:
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.
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