“Parents in the United Kingdom don’t have a right to know if their daughters will be sharing facilities with male children, according to Girlguiding UK (GGUK), nor can guide leaders question the policy.
GGUK is a Scouting-like organization that teaches girls ages 5-18 a variety of life skills through various group activities. Its current guidelines call for ‘includ[ing] all young members – including trans people – in activities and residentials’ and striving to make gender-confused children feel ‘comfortable and supported.’
In particular, the website states that ‘trans’ people do ‘not have to disclose to you if they are trans,’ that it’s illegal to tell others that a legal adult is ‘trans’ without their permission, that it’s ‘still good practice not to tell other people’ about a minor’s ‘perceived’ gender ‘unless they have given you permission to do so,’ and that ‘It is not a requirement – or best practice – to tell parents that a trans person will be attending a residential event.’
Former GGUK Chief Executive Julie Bentley said last year that members would be ‘allowed to use the facilities of the gender they self-identify as,’ such as showers, tents, and restrooms.
The policy alarmed more than 900 current and former guide leaders, children’s advocates, feminists, and other concerned individuals who signed an open letter in April arguing that ‘trans inclusion, whilst laudable, must not sacrifice the privacy, safety or inclusion of female members.’
‘Male children who identify as girls can share sleeping, changing and washing facilities with females,’ the letter reads. ‘It is estimated that 65,000 cases of child sexual abuse are committed by other children each year. Most perpetrators are male, most victims are female. Segregating by sex, regardless of gender identity, is safeguarding common sense.’…
‘I was expelled on Friday for questioning how the trans policy conflicts with established safeguarding protocols, principles of informed consent and respecting girls’ boundaries, and for objecting to leaders being encouraged to manage gender non conforming girls out of their units (whether the girl wants to leave or not),’ Helen Watts, who led an Ealing unit for fifteen years, announced on social media.”