Former Girlguiding boss expelled over trans views could return after settling legal row

Katie Alcock objected to allowing boys who identified themselves as girls to join

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A former Girlguiding leader who was expelled from the charity could soon return.

Katie Alcock had her membership halted after she objected to allowing boys who identified themselves as girls to join.

But the national organisation, who claimed they had discriminated against her “gender critical" and feminist opinions, has now settled a legal row with Ms Alcock.

Ms Alcock, who has been a leader within the guides for ten years, began legal proceedings in 2019.

She raised concerns over the policy change, implemented in 2017, which would allow boys who identified themselves as girls to share accommodation and toilets with females.

Katie Alcock
Katie Alcock
Girlguiding Chief Executive, Angela Salt
Girlguiding Chief Executive, Angela Salt

Ms Alcock was expelled following a four-month probe, which found that she had broken the Girlguiding code of conduct with regards to transgender inclusion.

Girlguiding have since reached an out-of-court settlement with Ms Alcock, while also hinting that she could be welcomed back into the organisation.

A statement from Girlguiding said: “We always value the bravery of women speaking up, which is aligned with Girlguiding’s purpose in empowering girls and young women.

“(We are) saddened by the impact that not being part of Girlguiding has had on Katie’s personal and family life.

“We have listened carefully to Katie’s concerns. Whilst these are complex and evolving issues, we agree that sex and gender are different, and will reflect this in the language we use.”

While Ms Alcock added: “There are different views around sex and gender.

"Only through a substantive dialogue can those views be shared and considered, and resolution be found.

“(I am) proud to have been part of a process that has enabled this to happen."