Here We Go: 2 UK Girl Guide Leaders Terminated for Voicing Safety Concerns About Transgender-Inclusion Policy

The leading scouting organization for women and girls in the U.K. has expelled two Girl Guide leaders after they voiced their objections to the charity’s recent policy on transgender inclusion.

Helen Watts, a leader of a Rainbow unit for girls ages 5 to 7 in West London, says her membership was terminated by Girlguiding U.K. on Friday because she questioned how the charity’s transgender policy enacted last year conflicts with safeguarding policies that respect boundaries of young girls.

The policy allows for men who identify as women to be leaders of Guide units and allows for biological boys who identify as girls to be members of the units.

The Sunday Times reports that Watts and another leader of a unit in northwest England who remained nameless were among several Guide leaders who signed onto a letter in April that asked for a review of the transgender policy. Both of them had their memberships terminated.

“I am very upset and I am also really angry,” Watts told the Sunday Times. “We had some serious concerns about a policy that ignored basic safeguarding principles.”

Watts explained that she was terminated because she was “not willing to follow Girlguiding’s equality and diversity policy insofar as it provides for transgender inclusion.”

“The policy puts all leaders in a really difficult position,” Watts said. “It contradicts other inclusion policies — for certain faith communities for instance — and it completely contradicts existing policies around informed parental consent.”

The unnamed leader who had her membership revoked told The Sunday Times that she’s no longer allowed to talk to the girls from her unit or their parents.

“They said I was refusing to follow Girlguiding procedures,” the former leader said. “I told them I would follow any procedure unless it conflicted with the safety of a girl in my care.”

Girguiding responded to the claims by issuing a statement saying that both of the leaders were expelled because they had “breached our Volunteer Code of Conduct and our Social Media policy because they did not, and indicated that they were not willing to, follow Girlguiding’s Equality and Diversity Policy and actively encouraged others to do the same.”

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Source: Christian Post