(CNSNews.com) – Girl Scouts of the USA told CNSNews.com in a written statement on Friday that it will accept "transgender youth" on a "case-by-case basis."
The organization sent CNSNews.com the statement after CNSNews.com asked if the national Girl Scouts had a position on a case in which a Girl Scout troop in Colorado initially prevented a 7-year-old boy from joining and then the state Girl Scouts organization said that it would accept boys who were "living life as a girl."
The brief Girl Scouts of the USA statement made no mention of the Colorado case.
“Girl Scouts of the USA is an inclusive organization, and we welcome all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members," it said. "Acceptance of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child in question as a top priority.”
On Tuesday, 9news.com, a Denver-based television station, reported the story of the 7-year-old boy, Bobby Montoya. His mother, Felisha Archuleta, said that a local troop leader had told her Bobby could not join the troop because he was a boy.
As reported Thursday by CNSNews.com, Rachelle Trujillo, vice president of communications with Girl Scouts of Colorado, said the boy would be allowed to join the troop as long as he is “living life as a girl.”
The Girl Scouts of Colorado issued the follow statement on the matter:
“Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization, and we accept all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members,” the statement says. “If a child lives life as a girl and the family brings the child to us to participate in Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her. Girl Scouts of Colorado respects the privacy of all girls and families we work with. When a family requests membership for their daughter, we do not require proof of gender, we respect the decisions of families.”
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of transgender is: “of, relating to, or being a person (as a transsexual or transvestite) who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person's sex at birth.”