Teen Calls for Girl Scout Cookies Boycott Over Transgender Inclusion Policy

January 17, 2012

A California teen named Taylor is calling for a Girl Scout Cookies boycott due to the nonprofit's transgender policies. In October 2011, the Girl Scouts of America permitted a 7-year-old boy who identified as a girl to join a Colorado troop; Taylor, herself a Girl Scouts member, thinks this choice was wrong.

"Girl Scouts describes itself as an all-girl experience," Taylor said in a YouTube video. "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." Taylor closes her video, which appears below, with a link to the Honest Girl Scouts website.

The decision to include transgender children in Girl Scouts troops is a controversial one. For its part, Girl Scouts of America said in a statement, "Acceptance of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child in question as a top priority."

Do you support Taylor's call for a Girl Scout cookies boycott? Should the Girl Scouts admit transgender children?

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Sandi Connor's picture

Makes me want to go out and buy a truckload of cookies! I applaud the Girl Scouts of America for their inclusion of transgender children and teens!

Sandi Connor's picture

Makes me want to go out and buy a truckload of cookies! I applaud the Girl Scouts of America for their inclusion of transgender children and teens!

Karina's picture

Sandi--me too! How refreshing to find a national group like this that doesn't discriminate first, then backtrack later. I can't help but wonder about the teen who is protesting. I encourage my girls to be inclusive and nonjudgmental, to keep an open mind. Isn't it narcissistic to think that your view is the only right one, particularly if it is discriminatory?

Sandi Connor's picture

Absolutely it is! We live in a diverse and changing world which I feel is a wonderful thing. I am glad to see that an institution such as the GS of America is willing to embrace these differences.

Karina's picture

I love the new graphic with your article--the boxes of cookies are a much better tie-in to this story! :) Kudos!

Chilli's picture

My daughter's cookie order is due Thursday. It looks like I am going to buy more boxes than originally planned. Don't hate on other people just because your unhappy in your own life.

 




 

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