14-year-old “Taylor,” as she was identified by World News Daily, states in her YouTube video that GSUSA isn’t being “honest and fair” with “us girls, its troops, its leaders, its parents or the American public” because they allow transgender boys into their troops. She also states that GSUSA and the profit from Girl Scout Cookies ”[promote] the desires of a small handful of people…not the safety of sister girl scouts.”
The transgender child in question is a seven-year-old girl whose mother, in Oct. 2011, approached a local chapter of the Girl Scouts of Colorado to have her daughter, whom she claims is transgender, admitted into the program. After media attention over its refusal to grant the mother’s request, the Colorado chapter relented and said it in fact welcomes transgenders. The video also references the fact that other transgender children who identify as girls have been “hidden” in troops across the country.
“I am asking you to take action with me and boycott Girl Scout Cookies,” Taylor says, suggesting other ways to fund “your favorite girl scout” without giving GSUSA more “pocket money.”
The video eventually concludes 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.” The site also bashes Girl Scouts for having connections to Planned Parenthood, NARAL (National Adoption and Reproductive Rights Action League) and non-traditional families. Also on the site is a flyer titled “You Deserve to Know What Girl Scout Cookies Fund” which lists, among other things, the names of homosexual members of the executive staff.
The Girl Scouts of the USA website states that diversity is a core value today and has been since its founding. “Our mission to build ‘girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place’ extends to all girls of this nation.” Personally, this seems both honest and fair.
As a Girl Scout alumna, I think she’s missed the point of many of the badges emblazoned on her sash.