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Friday October 28, 2011

Bobby Montoya: The Boy Who Wished to be a Girl Scout

Bobby Montoya: The Boy Who Wished to be a Girl Scout

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Though social norms are changing a little more each day, it can still be hard to grasp the idea of ‘transgenderism’ among the human population, but one child is facing it head on.

Bobby Montoya was born a boy, but at just 7 years old, he says he feels like a girl, so while her mother still refers to her as a he, she does allow Bobby to act as whatever gender she identifies with. Bobby now dresses, and to the public eye, appears to actually be a girl. However, despite how she feels, Bobby was recently denied the opportunity to join a group many girls across the country are apart of.

Earlier this year, Bobby’s mother, Felisha Archuleta, took her son to a local Colorado Girl Scout troop leader. To the despair of both child and mother, the troop leader turned Bobby away saying it didn’t matter how she looked, because she has “boy parts” Archuleta recalled the woman saying.

Since then, Bobby and her family have seen people all across the country stand up in the name of transgender acceptance.

Even the Girl Scouts of Colorado have admitted that a mistake was made, stating that though the troop leader was not familiar with the organization’s policies, Bobby is in fact welcome to join the Girl Scouts.

Still, even if Bobby decides to take the offer and join the Girls Scouts, that will not stop the rest of the world from treating her with understandable confusion, or worse, unfair bias and hate.

In school, Bobby has been bullied for the way she acts and dresses.

‘It’s hurting my heart,’ Bobby told ABC affiliate 9News, ‘It hurts me and my mom both.’

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado’s Corey Barrett said it has begun to see young people exploring gender identity earlier in life.

‘There has definitely been this increase of questioning at an early age. I think it’s all about providing a healthy environment for them for that to happen,’ Barrett said. ‘Everyone needs to be prepared or at least have an idea from a policy and procedure stand point how they’re going to address that. And make sure that the public is aware of that.’