Is this a trend? On the heels of a group of Girl Scouts in Ohio boycotting cookie sales to protest the closing of some historical Girl Scout camps, another cookie boycott has surfaced in California.
A group called Honest Girl Scouts released a video on YouTube of a fourteen-year-old girl, identified only as Taylor from Ventura County, California, advocating a boycott of Girl Scout cookies. Taylor’s reason? Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (GSUSA) allows transgendered children to participate in Girl Scouting.
By late Thursday afternoon, the video had been made “private” on both YouTube and the Honest Girl Scouts website, and was no longer accessible.
In the video, Taylor, who says she has been a Girl Scout for eight years, says that “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.”
In October, a child named Bobby Montoya, born a boy but self-identifying as a girl, was rejected by a local Girl Scout troop, but then admitted at the urging of Girl Scouts of Colorado. At the time, the Girl Scouts of Colorado released a statement through the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), noting, “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.”
Taylor appears in the video in Girl Scout wearing a Girl Scout sash, but with her troop number covered in silver duct tape.
Honest Girl Scouts‘ website proclaims itself as “concerned about the alarming changes GSUSA has been making” and “advocating for a change back to simply building girls of good character.”
The Honest Girl Scouts organization is peeved about not just GSUSA’s inclusion of transgendered children, but that it may provide sex education to girls. The organization also claims that GSUSA has a “pro-lesbian, pro-abortion agenda.” Particularly galling to the organization seems to be that Betty Friedan, the founder of the National Organization of Women, was on the GSUSA Board for 12 years. (Horrors!)
Responses to Taylor’s video continue to proliferate on YouTube, including one suggesting that perhaps Taylor is going for her “Prejudice Badge.” Another response features a former Girl Scout who takes issue with Taylor’s assessment that trans people have “special mental issues.”
So, um, yeah. I’ll still be freezing my Samoas off at cookie booths from now ’til March with my three cookie-sellin’ daughters.
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