Add your name here to support our open letter to Girlguiding

UPDATED: Due to overwhelming support we will continue to collect names who support us. Please add your name to the contact form below.

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We will be publishing an open letter to Girlguiding in a national newspaper this Sunday. We set out the safeguarding concerns with their trans policy that allows a male child who identifies as a girl to share sleeping, dressing and washing facilities with girls, and that parents are not allowed to know. We also highlight that Females who identify as boys are expected to leave, disproportionately impacting lesbian girls. We are calling on Girlguiding to suspend their policy pending an independent safeguarding and legal review.

We are now asking for our supporters to sign the open letter. Please comment below with your FULL NAME and indicate whether you are a parent of a current member, a former member, or a Leader/Helper (ex or current). Or if none of these just a concerned member of the public.

We can’t publish the full text of the letter but all the issues are summarised on this factsheet and can be seen in more detail this report.

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43 thoughts on “Add your name here to support our open letter to Girlguiding

  • 2018.04.11 at 18:37
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    As a parent, I urge GGUK to give girls AND, separately, trans identifying children the privacy that is their right.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 19:21
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    Former Brownie Guide and concerned member of the public

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  • 2018.04.11 at 19:33
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    Former guide. It is indefensible that the care and welfare of female guides is not being properly considered as everyone falls over themselves to worship the Great God Trans. Collective insanity – snap out of it!

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  • 2018.04.11 at 19:33
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    This policy is open to abuse and fairly obviously poses a safeguarding risk.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 19:38
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    Concerned member of the public and former Brownie

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  • 2018.04.11 at 19:49
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    I am a concerned member of the public with four daughters.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 20:02
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    I’m a former Brownie and Guide

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  • 2018.04.11 at 20:15
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    Girls need safe spaces in which to develop. Guiding has always provided this. I’m apalled at this policy.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 20:27
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    I am an ex-guider. Guides should not be a place to “feel” girly (or “womanly”) it is a place for females to expand their experiences outside of gender-norms. This is why girls went camping and did hiking , when these were generally deemed boyish activities in the 60s and 70s. It provided a space where these activities were allowed and encouraged.

    There are still natal girls who are restricted. There are cultures where mixed sex activities are not permitted. These girls would not be allowed to join scouts.

    In allowing transgender girls to join, you are putting their wants over the needs of already restricted girls. It is not enough to say these girls have a choice, they don’t, as their parents, or religion doesn’t allow it (just as many parents in the 60s didn’t allow their daughters the same freedoms outside the guides) However, transgender girls may join scouts.

    Secondly, for transgender boys – the point of guides was for females to explore and push activities outside of the gender-norm. To push these females out, is to fail females.

    In allowing transgender girls and pushing out transgender boys, in implying that natal girls must make space (their space) for natal boys is reinforcing that the pecking order in society is:
    1) males – their needs come first
    2) female – the girly ones. But only if they don’t complain about having males present.
    3) female – the boyish ones. GO AWAY

    The guides’ leadership should be ashamed – I am, of them.

    P.S Transgender Girls do have rights- but they (as males- term being a scientific fact, rather than a social construct) should not trump the rights of females.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 20:43
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    Carolyn Thomas, parent of a Brownie and a Rainbow.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 20:58
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    Equality cannot result in some members of society being ‘more equal’ & having greater rights than others. Changes such as this have the potential to deny the rights of the majority.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 21:07
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    It’s important to maintain single sex safe spaces for all females.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 21:09
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    Women and girls need and deserve spaces which exclude men.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 21:34
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    It is the withholding of information from parents that concerns me the most. If my child is expected to share sleeping/washing facilities with a biologically male child or leader, this is vital information that I need in order to consent (or not) to my child’s participation. How am I supposed to teach her the fundamentals of consent and boundaries, when an organisation I have encouraged her to join actively witholds these rights?

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  • 2018.04.11 at 21:41
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    Girlguiding is for girls

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  • 2018.04.11 at 21:58
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    Mother of 2 daughters who should be going to guides but wont be now.

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    • 2018.04.11 at 21:59
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      Mother of 2 daughters who should be going to guides but wont be now.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 22:06
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    Thoroughly shocked at the GG movement. Girls matter.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 22:21
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    Biological sex matters. To be truly trans inclusive and remain single sex by accepting trans identified females would be the correct way forward.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 22:31
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    I am a concerned member of the public, and former Girl Scout in the US. It makes me very sad that young girls today won’t have the beautiful experience of community that I had in a powerful, all female setting. This is important to young girls and women everywhere.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 22:57
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    In light of the #metoo movement, and at a time when teenage girls are experiencing epidemic levels of sexual objectification and harassment, I am really anxious about this removal of safe, sex-segregated spaces for girls, and the undermining of the message that they have the right to set boundaries for themselves. I find this capitulation to the demands of a tiny minority, to the detriment of girls, really disheartening.

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  • 2018.04.11 at 23:30
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    Being a woman isn t something women choose we are simply born female. this is a biological fact in our genes and cannot be altered by surgery or emotion. Women have suffered in many ways over thousamds of years and in thousands of societies because male dominated societies have sought to control womens bodies and fertility for their own power and benefit causing untold suffering to women and girls. I totally support retention of all female groups for girls to grow learn and play in safe spaces that are not open to males who self identify as women and whose experiences and issues are very different

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  • 2018.04.12 at 00:15
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    Girls should not be the collateral for this social experiment

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  • 2018.04.12 at 00:31
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    Trans identification is a social choice. Biological sex is a protected characteristic. Women will never stop the fight to uphold the rights of children: girls and boys as necessary. Men have been very decisive about their opposition to girls joining boy youth groups and received no verbal abuse or judgement for doing so. The fact is, reactions to the female voice sharply contrast – it’s why we’ll continue to raise issue with sexism as long as it presents itself. Girls’ rights to privacy, dignity, voice and sex segregation, are not second class to the trans trend.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 00:54
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    Very concerned aunt and former brownie! Girls and women need safe female only spaces. This trend for young children to adopt a trans life is incredibly worrying. We all know how quickly things can change for children, even teens. They are being actively encouraged to transition, when all they are really doing is experimenting. It is really quite terrifying that to speak out about this trend is seen as hate speech. Please show some sanity in a world that seems obsessed with changing biological reality!

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  • 2018.04.12 at 02:17
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    Concerned member of the public.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 07:57
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    So the ‘ultimate feminist organisation’ can’t tell the difference between sex and gender? Better get that Royal Charter unsigned right now and stop calling GGuiding a single sex organisation- you’re breaking the law with this policy.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 08:34
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    Concerned mother of 2 daughters considering joining Brownies.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 10:49
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    My daughter was a guide until high school, many friends still are. She loved the experience as especially camp. I would have liked to have known if she was sharing this experience with penis’s.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 11:04
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    Concerned member of the public

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  • 2018.04.12 at 11:22
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    Girls are discriminated against because of their biology not feelings/self-identity and they need a single sex space to discuss this and share experiences.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 11:36
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    Teacher, occasional volunteer, concerned member of the public. Guiding is a precious resource for girls. Please don’t destroy that with misguided new guidelines. Guiding may never recover.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 14:24
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    I can see nowhere to sign in support of your campaign. This is needed, I would like to do so.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 15:07
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    Former Brownie, now parent to a Brownie

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  • 2018.04.12 at 17:37
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    This is ridiculous. And needs to be sorted. Good luck! Big love.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 19:46
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    Providing supportive space for girls and implying that discrimination against girls & women is something you can identify out of are mutually exclusive.

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  • 2018.04.12 at 21:57
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    ‘Girl’ is not a feeling, girls need to be able to set boundaries and have those boundaries respected. (Former Guide, parent to girls who will not be joining Guides while this policy is in place.)

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  • 2018.04.13 at 06:49
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    Legal action and contacting government officials is the way to stop the trans indoctrination of our country. We need to do something since biological reality of being male and female is being downplayed by gender identity. Men and women are different from birth, and thinking otherwise does not change that.

    I cannot believe that Canada’s entire school system is teaching gender identity, and now Washington state is doing the same. Disassociating one’s biological sex from one’s gender is destructive, and can prevent the person from developing correctly by using hormone blockers along with brainwashing. This trend needs to stop to save our children and our society from confusion about who we are.

    Yes, women are very special, and they need to be treated with respect and dignity. No man, regardless of what he thinks he is, should be entering women’s private spaces.

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  • 2018.04.14 at 23:40
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    Very concerned parent of a Brownie. The misguided policy being adopted by girlguiding association seems to completely disregard safeguarding, especially the withholding of information from parents.

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  • 2018.04.15 at 10:18
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    Cannot think of a better way to distress both boys and girls. I understand the Scouts now admit girls – perhaps we should join the two movements into one and let boys and girls develop within it by just doing stuff and enjoying what they do? But to make a girl who thinks she might be a Lesbian (not unknown in teenage girls) LEAVE the Guides – that is simple cruelty. What nonsense.

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  • 2018.04.15 at 20:42
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    Absolutely dreadful situation. The world has gone mad. Girl Guides are for girls. Boys have Boy SCouts and Cubs. A time to grow – a time to develop – a time to thrive – in safety – a learning process like no other – and it needs to really be safe. Such ridiculous new fangled ludicrous flipping ideas are wide open to abuse and are totally wrong. In years to come we will regret this idiocy and wonder what foolishness ever started it. Stop it now and let our children be children – safely and fully protected by those who really should know better!!

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  • 2018.05.29 at 16:29
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    Just because you identify as something it doesn’t mean you actually are.
    Those who identify as should have rights respected.
    Those who are should have rights respected.
    Where there is a clash between the two, the rights of those who are trumps those who identify, because being is stronger than identifying with or as since it is a biological statement of fact. All that can be proven in transgender is that they are transgender, nothing more.
    Something else can change to accommodate the sensitivities of those who identify as other, but not this.
    Perhaps set up transgender guides, so all the people there can feel safe and supported in the same way boys will in scouts and girls will in guides and the aim of the respective organisations is fulfilled.

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