Girl Guides CEO is SACKED over tweet asking if membership rules could be changed back to only allow biological females – after the organisation opened up to boys who identify as girls
- Girl Guides WA CEO Karyn Lisignoli was sacked after controversial tweet
- She asked if rules could be changed back to allow biological females only
- Girl Guides accepts those who ‘live as a girl or woman’ into their organisation
- Lisignoli said she was concerned about biological boys sharing tents with girls
The former CEO of Girl Guides WA has spoken out after she was sacked for a controversial tweet on allowing transgender membership.
Karyn Lisignoli asked whether it was possible to change the rules to allow only biological females to become guides.
The Girl Guides WA constitution allows ‘any person under the age of 18 years who lives their life as female’ to join the organisation.
Ms Lisignoli had tweeted at women’s rights lawyer Katherine Deves, who is the head of Save Women’s Sport Australia, to ask whether it was legal to change the ruling.
‘I’ve noticed our constitution panders to this ideology,’ Ms Lisignoli wrote, in responded to post about the UK Supreme Court ruling against gender-neutral passports.
Karyn Lisignoli, the former CEO of Girl Guides WA, asked whether it was possible to change the rules to allow only ‘biological girls’ to become guides
‘Can I DM (direct message) you to find the legal standing on this? If we change it back to biological female are we breaking the law?’
The tweet quickly gained attention and prompted the decision of Girl Guides WA chairwoman Yvonne Power to terminate her role.
In a letter Ms Lisignoli was told she had ’caused a serious and imminent risk to the reputation of the organisation’.
But the former CEO has claimed she was a victim of ‘cancel culture’ and was concerned about older biological boys sharing tents with young girls.
‘Inclusion has been taken too far,’ she told The Australian.
‘If we include trans girls who are biological males, they can go to mixed-sex school camps.
The tweet quickly gained attention and prompted the decision of Girl Guides WA chairwoman Yvonne Power to terminate her role
‘There is a reason why there are certain situations in which we say men can’t be present. Do parents know when they send their nervous and shy 12-year-old girl to Girl Guides that she might be camping in a tent with a biological boy of the age of 15? They might identify as a girl but they are a biological boy.’
Under the Girl Guides rules, girls that transition to boys are not allowed to participate.
Girl Guides Australia chief commissioner Rosemary Derwin told the publication girls and women who identify as female are welcome in the organisation.
Ms Derwin said all girls and women would be threatened ‘equally and with mutual respect regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity’.
The Girl Guides constitution allows anyone who identifies and lives as a female to join the organisation