Thursday, October 27, 2011
Later, upon further inquiry by the child's mother, the Girl Scouts admitted a mistake was made. Under their policy, transgender children are allowed to join and participate. Here's the story.
The existence of transgender children is not a myth. I have a friend whose young son pleaded relentlessly to live as a girl. My friend, who wants the best for her child, decided to allow it after consulting with numerous mental health professionals. The child is now entering kindergarden where she will "present" as a girl and use a girl's name. To protect my friend's privacy, I'm not going to say any more about their story other than to report that the child is now happy.
When I was young, I told everyone who would listen that I'm a girl and want to be treated as one. I did everything possible to live as a girl, but to no avail. Nobody recognized the validity of what I was saying. Nobody accepted my decision. I was told I was wrong and that I needed to straighten up. When I protested further, punishment was applied in swift and persistent manner. I realized I had no choice and learned to live as a boy. The path of true fulfillment was denied me. I hope some young people have better fates.
I applaud the Girl Scouts for their enlightened policy -- they accept any child who identifies as female.
Were you in the Girl Scouts or Brownies? Did you have fun with them?