In October of last year, the Huffington Post introduced us to a courageous young transgendered girl who wanted to join the Girl Scouts of Colorado but was first refused admission because she had “boy parts.” In December, the Girl Scouts of Colorado admitted that they had made a mistake and the person who refused her admission was not aware of their policy. Since then, the Girl Scouts of Colorado released a statement through the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), noting, “Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members,” the Girls Scouts said in a statement. “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.”
Now, a young girl by the name of Taylor from Ventura, California is attempting to create a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies because of the Colorado’s organization’s decision to admit the transgendered 7 year old.
The girl, appears in a YouTube video in which she claims her organization is using proceeds from sales of the popular cookies to “[promote] the desires of a small handful of people.” I am not going to post the video on this site because I don’t want to bring more attention to her video.
In her video, Taylor states: “Right now, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A…is not being honest with us girls, its troops, its leaders, its parents or the American public,” Taylor, appears to have been a girl scout for eight years. “Girl Scouts describes itself as an all-girl experience. With that label, families trust that the girls will be in an environment that is not only nurturing and sensitive to girls’ needs, but also safe for girls.”
She continues to say, “I am asking you to take action with me and boycott Girl Scout Cookies.” The video ends with a tagline for the Honest Girl Scouts site, which describes itself as a group “concerned with the alarming choices GSUSA has been making,” and “advocating for a change back to simply building girls of good character.”
Here is where you can help. Initially, the transgendered child was going to sell cookies for the Colorado chapter, but a statement from Girl Scouts of Colorado has said that the child is no longer interested in being a Girl Scout, and that we cannot buy directly because she was no longer an active member. However, the Girl Scouts have reinforced their inclusivity statement and we can do the following to support them:
- Donate directly and let them know it is in support of their inclusivity (and according to GSUSA, you can even ear mark it for LGBTQ initiatives within the Girl Scouts)
- Download the cookie app and find your local scouts to get cookies! (Yes there’s an app for that!)
- Buy cookies from your local scouts and eat them!
- Buy cookies from your local scouts and donate them to organizations that support LGBTQ youth (and/or adults), so that way the Girl Scouts get money and credit, and local organizations get the benefit of the cookies!
- If you can’t afford to buy them you can always write them a letter or email them and thank them for their support of transgendered children!
- Thank them for their inclusivity on Facebook and Twitter.