Written on November 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm , by familycircle
Bobby Montoya, 7, is anatomically male, but has identified as a female since he was 2 years old. He dresses as a female and has had both a Princess birthday party and a Repunzel birthday party.
Yet when his mother took him to sign up for Girl Scouts so he could follow in his older sister’s footsteps, the local troop leader denied him admittance because he has “boy parts.”
The national organization heard about the local leader’s response, and it released a statement saying it would allow anyone who identifies as a girl to join. Later, Bobby’s mother was told that the troop leader would receive sensitivity classes for her behavior.
While the response from the Girl Scouts has been openly supportive and politically correct, Bobby’s mother tells ABC News that she’s still waiting for a call and an apology from someone high in the ranks.
Bobby is still deciding if he wants to officially become a Girl Scout or not.
For more news about transgendered tweens, take a look at this story about an 11 year old boy going on hormone blockers.
– CARLY OKYLE
What do you think? Is Bobby’s admittance into the Girl Scouts appropriate? Would you want an anatomically male member in your daughter’s Girl Scout troop? Let us know in the comments.
Written on October 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm , by familycircle
Puberty is a confusing time for any tween or teen, but one young boy has some additional challenges in store. Besides pressure to fit in and figure out who you are, 11-year-old Tommy, who prefers to be called Tammy, is trying to figure out which gender he identifies with.
The FoxNews website reports that his parents, Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel, have consented to Tommy/Tammy taking hormone blockers to delay puberty. This way, they say, he can have more time to figure out which gender he identifies with. He began the hormone therapy over the summer, when doctors implanted the medicine in his upper left arm. The procedure will take place once a year until he’s 14 or 15 years old.
Tommy/Tammy was diagnosed with gender identity disorder at 7, but his parents say he expressed dissatisfaction with his male form when he was 3. At the time, he was learning sign language to help with a speech impediment, and he signed “I am a girl” to his parents. They corrected the language, thinking he’d misunderstood the sign for “boy,” but he was insistent.
It’s a controversial move, to be sure. The effects of the hormone blockers are not fully known and the brain is still developing at Tommy/Tammy’s age. Some see it as parents being supportive and trying to allow the child to decide his or her identity while others see it as an unsafe, psychologically damaging decision.
What do you think, readers? Is an 11-year-old child old enough to make these decisions for himself? Are his parents being open-minded or ignoring a larger issue? Tell us in the comments below or share in our Momster Discussions.
- Carly Okyle