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By Anastasiya Bolton

Denver (KUSA/CNN) - A young boy who likes to dress as a girl wants to become a Girl Scout, but one Girl Scout troop is saying "no way!"

"Bratts, Barbies, Strawberry shortcake and these mexican dolls. I like any girl stuff thing," said Bobby Montoya.

Everyone has their favorite toys, no matter what age they are.

Bobby Montoya just likes stuff some would say is not quite for him.

He's happy most of the time, but says sometimes in school, being a boy and dressed like a girl, even occasionally, is tough.

"It's like hurting my heart," said Bobby.

Bobby's mom says a troop leader told her 7-yaer-old he couldn't be a Girl Scout. Bobby cried.

"It was like somebody told me I can't like girl stuff and I have to change my name to something else," said Bobby.

"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 I don't want to be in trouble by parents or my supervisor," said Bobby's mother, Felisha Archuleta.

Girl Scouts of Colorado wouldn't go on camera, but said in part, "Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization. If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families, and the volunteers who serve them."

"There has definitely been this increase of questioning at an early age, certainly exploration and I think it's all about providing a healthy environment for them for that to happen. Everyone needs to be prepared or at least have an idea from a policy and procedure stand point how they're going to address that. And make sure that the public is aware of that," said Corey Barrett, of the GLBT Community Center of Colorado.

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado, a state-wide non-profit center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population says it has an educational program for parents and children.

The program also connects parents to others who are experiencing the same things.

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