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Girl Scout Asks for Boycott of Cookies After Transgender Inclusion

Girl Scout Asks for Boycott of Cookies After Transgender Inclusion

 

A California-based teen is “spearheading” a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies after the Girl Scouts of the USA decided to admit a transgender child to a Colorado troop this past fall.

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.

 

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2:01PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Ginger S. “A 7 year old 'transgender'....seriously? At 7 years old they should not even know what that is”.

Most children of average intelligence begin to display gender preference as early as 2 to 3 years. No amount of effort on the part of parents to influence this really works. My years of professional experience working with gender dysphoric children shows me that no amount of ‘therapy’ will achieve nothing other than cause extreme distress and confusion. What is a fact is that the brains of transsexual children and adults are different from their anatomical peers. Until recently, physical differences in brain structure relating to gender dysphoria were only discernible in the brain’s grey matter and this had to be done post-mortem. Now, recent research using MRI scanning of live patients shows similar differences in the brain’s white matter, indicating that the brain of an anatomically male child whose gender ID is female corresponds more closely to the female brain and vice versa. ‘Therapy’ does not cure epilepsy and it will not cure gender dysphoria.

1:04PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Sharon S. “You can blame the BPA in your plastic baby feeding bottles for this condition....“

Would that the causative factors be that simple Sharon. The fact is, there are many reasons that a person’s gender identity does not match their anatomy .... hormone imbalance in-utero; genetic factors; mismatch between secondary sexual characteristics (intersex) and idiopathic (no known cause). Post mortem research in the Netherlands has shown that the brains of transsexual people are different from their birth anatomy and correspond more closely to the sex they identify with. As of last year (2011) Spanish researchers found differences caught on MRI brain scans which show differences in the brain's white matter that clash with a person's genetic sex. This may hold the key to identifying transsexual people before puberty.

12:54PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Being a Young Person, perhaps she should investigate the {very moving!} video by Adair Lion where he goes against the homophobic "norms" of the hip-hop community {and what he says of Gays would apply to Transgenders too}. Also, please look up this video {on Care2 and on youtube} yourself!
"Ben you're my friend in case you unaware
Adair Lion does if nobody else care
and I've never been the type to harp on what others think of me
so there's no wonder why I call out all this bigotry
Being Christian its hard to say this...
but the Bible was wrong this time...
Its in every species and every family I've met
so I don't see why to the world its a crime
you see logistically
and statistically
not every dancer dude is gay
not every football players straight
and thats crazy huh, but thats fact yo!
and thats the same anywhere, even rap yo!
oh you don't see that...
you don't believe that...
I guess him over there he chose to be Black...
and her Asian...
and them White...
and those God awful gays chose to live that life, huh?!

12:36PM PDT on May 13, 2012

One can speculate what little miss transphobic would say about the rest of her troop /class / church / if any were found to have atypical karyotype patterns or atypical anatomy .... the fact is, many more individuals in our species do not conform to the XX = female / XY = male. nor do we all look identical naked. What this ill-informed, pre-programmed for hate of any difference girl has overlooked is that we are all different and difference does not equate with inferior. So, one member of her troop was born with a brain that carries a different ID than her anatomy? When one considers the horrendous predicament of many people around the world as they struggle to survive and care for their children, the rantings of a barely literate in compassion teenager in the USA sound pathetic and totally out-of-order in relation to an organisation that promotes equality.
She (and I suspect her parents too) should grow up and learn that there is more to life than Ken & Barbie stereotypes.

10:47AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

I agree with Collette.....and have told (I don't know how many) Scouts that I'm DONATING but not actually BUYING those cookies because palm oil is contrary to every principle I have as an environmentalist.

So...we can support the Girl Scouts through donations and NOT buy those actual cookies.

3:57AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Colette, you seem to be missing the point.

8:24PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Girl Scout Cookies contain palm oil (which the organisation and Kellogs claim is from sustainable sources but they cannot be sure as most "greening" is just a white wash when it comes to sustainable palm oil).

This is not good enough. Palm Oil is bad for health, bad for rainforest, bad for ecosystems and bad for kids who have been fighting the organisation to change policies that are out of date, out of touch and just plain wrong in 2012. Wake up America and Canada... listen to your kids!
Read more here...
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/palm-oil-and-scout-cookies-the-battle-drags-on/

You owe it to your kids to listen to their concerns!

11:02PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Yep, bought and shared boxes of cookies!

10:08AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Not only did I make a point of buying more boxes than I should have, I made a point of saying WHY I was buying, and thanking the organization for including ALL who identify as girls or women.

Had a great chat with the second troup I patronized, too.

3:58PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

As many as I can get my hands on....

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