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. FULL REPORT