OCTOBER 31, 2011
BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND
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October 31 is … National Magic Day and Increase Your Pyschic Powers Day
You figure this one out.
Ross and Heather, five more days until it is forever!
What are the day of the year with the fewest births and day of the year with the most births? In the span of ten years (1996-2006) researchers calculated that on Valentine's Day, there is a 3.6% increase in spontaneous births -- births outside of a pregnant women's control -- and a 12.1% increase in Caesarean Sections. On Halloween, however, there's a 5.3% decrease in spontaneous births and a 16.9% decrease in Caesarean births.
This is a good day for a freakish story. Change is not always good. Many people resist change and remember a simpler, gentler and more normal time. This story tells of a mistake and the homogenizing of society. Bobby Montoya often dresses like a girl, plays with girl's toys, and most recently, wants to become a Girl Scout, apparently by magic.
But when his mother, Felisha Archuleta, brought him to a local troop leader, the child's dreams were dashed. According to 9 News, the Girl Scouts worker said the child could not join, regardless of how the 7-year-old feels, because Bobby had "boy parts."
"I said, 'Well, what's the big deal?' She said 'It doesn't matter how he looks, he has boy parts, he can't be in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts don't allow that [and] I don't want to be in trouble by parents or my supervisor,'" Archuleta told 9 News.
Bobby was heartbroken. Too bad; disappointment is part of life. It helps people learn and get along.
According to Fox News, the Girl Scouts of Colorado have since admitted a mistake was made. Apparently the worker who turned Montoya away was unfamiliar with the group's policies, and Bobby is now welcome to join the group. It's unclear as to whether or not he has decided to join in light of the reversal.
Requests for transgender children to join the Girl Scouts have grown according to Fox News, and the group has been working to support them and their families. However, Bobby's struggles go beyond the Girl Scouts experience. In an interview with 9 News, Montoya says how difficult it can be, especially in school. Often Montoya feels bullied or gets teased because of the way he dresses and acts. Bobby doesn't want these actions to cause change, but admits being made fun of can hurt, and even his mother feels the pain.
Bullying due to sexual orientation or gender identity has long been an issue, most recently in the wake of the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer last month. While Rodemeyer's case is certainly different from Montoya's both situations have shed light on the struggles of LGBT youth.
Why does a seven year-old get to change the rules. This child is too young to make a stand or decide to join the Girl Scouts without a significant amount of pushing by a parent. You do not have to be a psychic to see the mother is using her child to get her fifteen minutes of fame and it is sickening and should be illegal. The mother is selfish and self-centered.
Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think about.
BRUCE A. BRENNAN
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