Transgender children as well as transgender women in the UK are finally allowed to join the Girl Guides.
Since its formation in 1910, the Girl Guide Association has strictly been a single-sex organisation.
However, moving with the times, the organisation has recently added new guidelines, opening its doors to new members who were ‘assigned male at birth’ but ‘self-identify’ as female.
According to Metro, Chief Executive Julie Bentley said this move means the organisation can hold true its values of inclusion.
‘Girlguiding complies with the Equality Act 2010 which makes clear organisations providing single-gender services should treat people according to their acquired gender,’ she said. ‘We welcome any young person who self-identifies as a girl or young woman.’
The new rule will apply to Rainbows (age 5-7), Brownies (age 7-10) and Guides (age10-14).
Transgender women are also welcome to be become leaders, also known as Brown Owls.
The new policy states that parents will not be informed if there are trans children or adults at their local group.
Amanda Gracey, whose six-year-old daughter recently joined the Rainbows, told the Daily Mail that she thinks that the rule is ‘shocking.’
‘It’s shocking that if there is a man who believes he is a woman leading the group, it is forbidden that parents should be informed, even on residential trips,’ she said.
She added: ‘You might be in a situation with girls having to deal with menstruation going to a leader with no understanding at all. Every piece of safeguarding advice says you should provide separate sleeping and changing facilities for children of opposite sexes under the age of 18.’
A spokesman for the Girl Guide Association however said that it would be unlawful to out a trans member in a unit without their consent.