New guidelines allow transgender children to join the Guides

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Transgender children will now be able to join the Guides as the organisation wants to support all girls, including those who were born boys.

As part of new guidelines, the Guides will consider girls, young women and people who identify themselves as female.

And, for the first time, adults born male but who self-identify as women will be allowed to become troop leaders.

“If a child or young person self-identifies as a girl or young woman then they are able to join any of our youth sections appropriate to their age,” the guidelines state.

Since the Girls Guides movement was founded in 1910, the association has always been a strict single-sex organisation.

But under the new rules, people undergoing gender reassignment will also be welcomed.

The Guides also call for “discretion” and “flexibility” for members who may be transitioning.

The new rules state that parents will not be informed if a leader is transgender or if there are transgender children in their local group.

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