Tuesday, June 30, 2015
In a first for the Utah Girl Scouts, a new local troop is now accepting boys — at least those who identify as girls (KUTV.com, Apr. 14). “As long as a youth identifies as a girl or with girls, even if they are genderfluid on the day that they registered, then they can become a Girl Scout,” said Shari Solomon-Klebba, outreach coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Utah. The troop held its first meeting at the Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City, which, according to director Sheila Raboy, opened its doors to the troop to offer a safe space for children and those grappling with gender identity. The meeting was held in a game room that had a box of condoms on a table and signage that read, “Some boys have vaginas.” Leaving the items in the room was an oversight, Raboy said, noting they would be removed for future meetings. The troop’s first meeting included five girls, ages 6-10 years old, all of whom were born female. No boys who identify as girls attended.