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Trans Scouting (Use other thread for new policy)

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Yet again the BSA come across not overly well. ...

How "BSA comes across" exemplifies the rift between US "coastals" and "heartlanders".

 

In some parts, actions like this are met with resounding applause. Whereas the conciliatory actions you suggest are met with notable membership loss or lack of enthusiasm for joining. Welcome one, serve fewer.

 

Maybe with Brexit, the UK will have job openings for parents of transgendered youth who want to be part of a more inclusive scouting experience?

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I don't see how the way the BSA "comes across" matters. This organization is built on principles, and it must be afforded the unalienable right to preserve the integrity of its beliefs. To try and mandate that this private organization should bend to the whims or wishes of certain bodies of people defies the very ideals of the country to whom we profess loyalty. I don't care two figs for what the media or popular opinion say; a Scout does the right thing and sticks to his beliefs, no matter how he is treated because of it. 

 

The BSA took a stand on this issue. I would be unfit to teach the boys in my den the ideals of this program if I did not stand up for the right of this proud and honorable organization to stick to its beliefs and hold on to the principles it espouses. And so I stand by the Boy Scouts of America on this decision, but even more so, on its RIGHT to make it.

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Yah, hmmm...

 

I reckon we all knew it was comin', eh?

 

I really feel for the child.  It's hard enough to be a kid.  Harder still to be a kid whose behavior is different.

 

When yeh add in parents and others behavin' bizarrely because of their own agendas, da anchors are gone and the child's cast adrift.  Functional child abuse, regardless of the legal definition.

 

Used to be we accepted tomboys as what they are, eh?  Fun, adventurous girls.  

 

Beavah

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GSUSA do accept trans girls as all that they require is that the girl identifies as a girl.

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The organization officially would. Whether her peers would is another question.

Here is the opposite.

The BSA officially will not, yet "Not one of the kids said, 'You don’t belong here,’†Maldonado (Joe's Mom) said of the Scouts in the pack."

 

IMO, never turn away a kid who wants to be scout and NEVER prevent a unit from welcoming that kid.

 

My $0.02

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Yah, hmmm...

 

I reckon we all knew it was comin', eh?

 

I really feel for the child.  It's hard enough to be a kid.  Harder still to be a kid whose behavior is different.

 

When yeh add in parents and others behavin' bizarrely because of their own agendas, da anchors are gone and the child's cast adrift.  Functional child abuse, regardless of the legal definition.

 

Used to be we accepted tomboys as what they are, eh?  Fun, adventurous girls.  

 

Beavah

I gotta say I think @@Beavah hit the mark in his comment about tomboys.

 

What in the blazes does an 8 year old know about being a trans-gender???  Really!!!???!!!

She's a tomboy, nothing wrong with that on any level..... and some adult is really screwing that kid up putting those sorts of labels and ideas into her head.

So sad.

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I gotta say I think @@Beavah hit the mark in his comment about tomboys.

 

What in the blazes does an 8 year old know about being a trans-gender???  Really!!!???!!!

She's a tomboy, nothing wrong with that on any level..... and some adult is really screwing that kid up putting those sorts of labels and ideas into her head.

So sad.

I agree. This same thought wasn't received well during our gay scout discussions. I will go even farther in suggesting that accepting a young boy struggling with their sexual identity risk encouraging him to continue toward a path that will further complicate his struggle. The BSA needs to stay out of it so as not to be a contributor of a life of strife made by wrong decisions.

 

Barry

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A long term colleague of mine is dealing with a similar situation, her daughter wants surgery to become a boy so she can date girls as a boy but says she is not a lesbian. At 15 she has not kissed, much less dated, a person of any sex. Mom says how do you know you want to be a boy vs a butchy lesbian? (She also laments her child would have an easier time getting into a good school as a high scoring engineer female than a male). The more I talk to my co-worker the more complicated it seems to all sorts of family and friend relationships. 

 

As for BSA this is another issue that will be a lose-lose. 

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IMO, never turn away a kid who wants to be scout and NEVER prevent a unit from welcoming that kid.

 

My $0.02

That would require letting any female-by-biology join the BSA. Maybe girls who want to be boy scouts should just come out as 1% trans. I'm sure there would be some way to work that into the birth certificate.

 

We presume the unit is welcoming. But who is the unit? How did any professional get wind of this "misplaced" cub? Somebody's Akela started howling.

 

@@tyke, have you been in a position of standing by a youth who other parents didn't want to be in the unit?

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A long term colleague of mine is dealing with a similar situation, her daughter wants surgery to become a boy so she can date girls as a boy but says she is not a lesbian. 

I happen to work in an environment where I get to observe some of these behaviors (lifestyles?) from day to day. From those observations and my experiences with people of all ages over my lfietime, I have concluded that loneliness is a powerful force that can drive us toward dark places cloaked in hope.

 

Barry

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I think this is a complicated issue which I will admit I do not fully understand, but there are medical and psychological factors and apparently a growing amount of literature that needs to be considered. I don't think the issue is anywhere near as simple as some here are suggesting.

 

We have discussed this issue a few times in the past and my observation was the the BSA did not have a policy on this subject. The article that is linked in the first post says this:

 

The Scouts declined to say whether they have a written transgender policy. Effie Delimarkos, the communications director for the Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement that the organization’s Cub Scouts programs are for boys age 7 to 10 and that "the classification on the participant’s birth certificate†would be used to “confirm legal status.†She did not provide additional details and did not specify whether the Boy Scouts have ever examined gender statuses on birth certificates.

So is there a policy? I don't know. There is a somewhat ambiguous statement from the BSA communications director. How was it formulated and approved? Were medical and psychological experts consulted? Has any information on this been distributed to the "field"? Or has the BSA just stumbled on a "policy" without adequate consideration?

 

I looked on the GSUSA's web site and they do have a policy, which is this:

 

Placement of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the troop/group in question a top priority. That said, if the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.

I think that seems like a reasonable policy.

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I gotta say I think @@Beavah hit the mark in his comment about tomboys.

 

What in the blazes does an 8 year old know about being a trans-gender???  Really!!!???!!!

She's a tomboy, nothing wrong with that on any level..... and some adult is really screwing that kid up putting those sorts of labels and ideas into her head.

So sad.

 

An 8 year old will know a great deal about there desired gender and to say that they are a'tom boy' shows a very immature understanding. Have you ever met a trans kid or adult ? I think before you comment you should educate yourself

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