Mother blasts Girlguiding because she refuses to let her seven-year-old son come to Rainbows unless he identifies himself as a girl – he claims he's too young to be a & # 39; label & # 39; to lay on him
- Sarah Baker, 35, from Darwen, Lancashire, slammed Girlguiding UK
- She says the group refused her son Seán, seven years old, to join Rainbows
- Mother explained why beavers and cub scouts are not suitable for Seán
A mother rejected Girlguiding because she does not allow her young son to attend his local Rainbows group unless he & # 39; identifies as a girl & # 39 ;.
Sarah Baker, 35, from Darwen Lancashire, told how Sean, seven, wanted to attend Rainbows because all his friends were leaving.
But she was stunned when Girlguiding UK rejected him because of his gender.
& # 39; Young children don't care about boys, girls or anything, & # 39; she said Subway.
& # 39; I have two sons. Someone who is very beaver type and I have Seán, who doesn't like & # 39; boy & # 39; things. & # 39;
Sarah Baker (photo left), 35, from Darwen, Lancashire, has beaten Girlguiding because she has not given her seven year old son permission to join Rainbows
The mother of three argues that rejecting a child from the group because of their gender & # 39; in this time & # 39; is outrageous.
Sarah, who contacted Girlguiding National Office after being rejected from their local group, says her son likes & # 39; girlish things & # 39; but is too young to have a & # 39; label & # 39; to get.
One of the activities in which members of Rainbows participate is cooking, crafts, sports and outings.
The group is open to girls between the ages of five and seven in England and as young as four in Northern Ireland.
Sarah revealed that her son wants to go to Rainbows because all his friends are going, but Rainbows only accepts him if he identifies himself as a girl
Sarah says that Sean was destroyed when she explained that he cannot participate because he is a boy.
She said: & # 39; He is very accepted and happy in that environment. He asked if he wanted to become a member of Rainbows, because almost all his friends are girls and they go there.
& # 39; But because he's a boy, he can't go. He is a very friendly soul, so Bevers and Cub Scouts are not for him at all. & # 39;
Sarah (pictured on the right with her husband James and her oldest son) says that Sean is too young to identify himself as something other than himself
Posted in a petition on Change.org, Sean & # 39; s father James said: & # 39; The Girlguiding movement is still stuck in the Victorian era, where boys need to be separated from girls and openly discriminate against boys. & # 39;
A Girlguiding spokesperson explained that the organization is protected by the Equality Act 2010 and is legally able to restrict membership to their & # 39; girl-only space & # 39; to protect.
Another statement from the organization given to Metro said that the & # 39; space is vital for girls and young women in today's world, where they face a unique set of problems and pressures & # 39 ;.
Mail Online has contacted Girlguiding for comments.
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