Equality and Diversity policy: Transgender and gender reassignment

Support for all children and young people who self-identify as a girl or young woman and for adults who self-identify as a woman

Transgender and gender reassignment

Girlguiding aims to support all girls and young women. This is understood in terms of the way a person self-identifies their gender identity - a person’s inner sense of self.

A transgender person is someone who feels that the sex they were assigned at birth (male or female) does not match or sit easily with their sense of their own gender. Trans people include:

  • those who were assigned male at birth whose gender is female (trans women)
  • those who were assigned female at birth whose gender is male (trans men)
  • those who do not identify as ‘male’ or ‘female’ (non-binary people).

‘Gender reassignment’ is when a person takes steps to alter the outward expression of their gender so that it better aligns with ther sense of who they are or, in other words, their identity.

If a child or young person self-identifies as a girl or young woman then they are able to join any of our youth sections appropriate to their age.

We understand that if a young member is transitioning from female to male that they will be experiencing a great amount of change and uncertainty. Flexibility and the Leaders’ discretion in conversation with the parents must be used to determine how long the child stays within the unit.

If an adult self-identifies as a woman then they are able to undertake all adult roles in guiding and may, if they wish, make their Promise.

If an adult self-identifies as not being a woman then they are able to take volunteer roles that do not require them to complete a Leadership Qualification or to make their Promise. This includes the role of Unit Helper and support roles such as Adviser or Coordinator.

We understand that there will be times when an adult may be transitioning from female whilst in membership and they may be experiencing a great amount of change and uncertainty. Flexibility and discretion must be used whilst in conversation with the person about any potential changes to their role in guiding and any decisions about how these changes take place should be jointly agreed. More information on volunteer roles in guiding.

Additional guidance has been produced to help support our trans members to attend residential events

Published: 11 January 2017