Another day another “Princess Boy!” It seems like there is a new story about a transgender kid every time we turn around. This one is about little Bobby Montoya who ended up in tears because of some mean Girl Scouts troop leader who wouldn’t let him join and said some really hurtful things.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado has flip-flopped on its refusal to allow a prepubescent, transgender boy to join its ranks.
The leader of a Girl Scouts troop in Denver initially told 7-year-old Bobby Montoya that he couldn’t join because, “he has boy parts.”
But the organization had a change-of-heart, telling KUSA-TV in Denver, “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.”
Felisha Archuleta, Bobby’s mom, was first told by the local troop over the phone that she could enroll her son.
“Bobby identifies as a girl, and he’s a boy,” Felisha Archuleta told KUSA-TV.
“He’s been doing this since he was about 2 years old. He’s loved girl stuff, so we just let him dress how he wants, as long as he’s happy.”
But when Felisha and Bobby, who has two older siblings, got there, the troop leader flipped out, fumed Rose Archuleta, Bobby’s 52-year-old grandmother.
“The woman was so rude and made him cry,” she huffed to The Daily News during a phone interview Wednesday night. “I mean, he was devastated by what she said.”
Felisha Archuleta told KUSA-TV that the troop leader told her, “It doesn’t matter how he looks, he has boy parts, he can’t be in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts don’t allow that I don’t want to be in trouble by parents or my supervisor.”
“I really got upset because my grandson is himself. We’ve all accepted it,” Rose Archuleta told The News. “We’ve all accepted Bobby as he is, and for this lady to talk to him that way, it was just awful. This lady shouldn’t be working with kids.”
The vitriolic, sharp-tongued troop leader only identified herself as Mary, and would not divulge her last name, Rose Archuleta said.
Neither The Girl Scouts of Colorado, nor The Girl Scouts of America, the group’s parent organization, could be reached Wednesday night.
But the state organization previously told KUSA-TV, “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.”
It appears that Felisha and Bobby aren’t taking the Girl Scouts of Colorado up on their offer anytime soon.
“My daughter is never going to take him back to join that Girl Scout Troop,” Rose Archuleta told The News.
Of whether Felisha is going to take Bobby to a different troop, the grandmother added, “She’s thinking about it but there’s not one really close to the house and she has two other children that are in sports, so it’s kind of hard to take him clear across town to another one.”
Whether or not you agree with how Bobby is being raised, it was wrong for that grown woman to say those things to a child. She could have pulled his mother aside and had that conversation. The last thing this kid needs is to hate his “boy parts.”