gender scouts

According to the Boy Scout Law, “a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

But does a Boy Scout have to be a boy?

Sydney Ireland has been involved with scouting since she was four years old, when she began tagging along with her older brother to Cub Scout meetings. Since then, she has been an unofficial, but enthusiastic, member of Troop 414 in Manhattan.

Now she is 16, and she’s pushing Boy Scouts of America to allow girls like her to become official members.

Meet The Teenage Girl Who Wants to Be A Boy Scout

Photo: Yasmeen Khan/WNYC

amazing facts with rosy-avenger

Finn is good and kind; honest and fair; friendly and helpful; considerate and caring; courageous and strong; responsible, proud, complex, and all-around a wonderful person.

source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) dir. J.J. Abrams

LGBT+ Scouts and Guides! I need your help!!

It’s Pride Month, and I didn’t want to make a Vlog (or maybe a series of vlogs, depends on how many responses I get from this), and an accompanying blog post, discussing being non-straight and non-gender conforming in scouting and guiding.

I’m Asexual and Biromantic myself, out to my scouts, and I get some sense of them that regularly ask me questions about sexuality and gender.

While I can discuss Asexuality and romantic attraction with confidence and know that the information I’m giving them is correct, I can’t do the same for other sexualities, mostly because sexual attraction is something I don’t understand, and I definitely can’t for gender.

So what I would like from you guys is your stories. Stories of coming out both at home and within scouting or guiding. If you aren’t out, why did you choose not to? Stories of queer friends in scouting or guiding. Has your sexuality or gender affected your experience in scouting or guiding? If you could change anything within scouting or guiding, what would it be (about the organisation, leaders or your own experience)?

And most importantly: Do you have any advice for young people, both lgbt+ and not? And is there anything you’d like to ask me, or anything about my experience you’d like me to talk about?

If you’d rather talk about this in a conversation (which would be great actually because we can probably get more information AND make friends) then we can do it through either messenger on Tumblr, or a skype call. Or you can just send me an ask.

As this is for Pride Month, there will be a deadline to allow me time to make the video etc. The deadline will be the 24th June, in a week and a half. Please get your responses in as quickly as possible. The more the merrier.


wickosaurus  asked:

Tips on dressing more androgynously in a professional work place? Also on a budget? Afab if that matters for sizes and fitting.

try: formal wear tips and tricks for all y’all nonbinary cuties by our old mod, kate.

that specific ask was aimed at helping dfab nb folks figure out how to get measured for/buy suits. some of the later links are on androgynous style in general, and deserve to be looked at. 

i often link The FTM’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Looking Like a (Hot) Dude, though some of the language can be offensive or triggering. if you’re willing to look past that, there is some good information on button-up shirts and information about body/chest/hip/waist shapes and how you can possibly manipulate them. 

i’ve answered an ask similar to this before, and my general advice (besides the former) was to stick to neutral colors, earth tones, blacks, whites, greys, etc. this video on unisex clothing gives some very good examples of modern, chic androgynous style (some of it isn’t necessarily work attire, im afraid) 

purchasing “basics” and styling them right can achieve an androgynous, mature look. The Basics Shop at forever21 has cheap longsleeve black, white, grey, etc tees and shirts. 

i did some browsing in the women’s basic section and found these shirts that can be part of an androgynous presentation: 

-Classic Chambray Shirt $19.90

-Mock Neck Sweatshirt $14.90

-Plaid Flannel Shirt $15.90

the men’s basic section has even more options. 

-Button-Down Collared Shirt $12.90

-Classic Fit Pocket Shirt $12.80

and for pants I recommend some type of chinos or twill pants

another place to find clothes like this is H&M, i believe the pricing is only a little bit higher. i hope this is what you were looking for!

BREAKING: Boy Scouts of America to welcome transgender youngsters
The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that, effective immediately, it will accept and register transgender youth into its organization.

“The move marks a reversal of a policy in place for a century and is effective for the Boy Scouts and the Cub Scouts. The organization vowed to recognize the gender a youngster lists on an application.

“For more than 100 years, the BSA, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for and participation in many programs, especially single-gender programs,” chief scout Michael Surbaugh said in a recorded published Monday to the organization’s website.

“After weeks of significant conversations at all levels of our organization, we realize that referring to birth certificates as the reference point is no longer sufficient. Communities and state laws are now interpreting gender identity differently, and these new laws vary widely from state to state,” he said.

The organization will continue to find units that are the best fit. “I hope you’ll join with me in embracing the opportunity to bring scouting to more families and children,” Surbaugh said.

Read the full piece here



This group of girls is fighting to be in the Boy Scouts

In Santa Rosa, Calif., the local BSA chapter told 10-year-old Ella Jacobs and five other prospective female members that their application for membership was “inappropriate.” Calling themselves “the Unicorns,” the girls plan to protest the decision in person Friday with new applications. But why were they blocked? A prejudice women have to face all their lives.