Although the Girl Scouts of America has allowed transgender girls to join its troops for four years, they have recently come under fire from conservative groups petitioning for the exclusion of transgender girls.
Boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young innocent girls at risk. Adults are willing to experiment on our kids—both the boys who are confused and the girls who will wonder why a boy in a dress is in the bathroom with them.
If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.
In 2012, a troop in Colorado made the first step towards acceptance by welcoming 7-year-old Bobby Montoya, a transgender girl, into the fold. However, it sparked a nasty backlash and cookie boycott by those who were unhappy with the decision.
Girl Scouts has valued and supported all girls since our inception in 1912. There is not one type of girl. Every girl's sense of self, path to it, and how she is supported is unique. […] Inclusion of transgender girls is handled at a council level on a case by case basis, with the welfare and best interests of all members as a top priority. As we face a complex and rapidly changing 21st century, our nation needs all girls to reach their full potential, which has been our focus for more than 103 years.
The Girl Scouts of America is sending a clear message to transphobic cookie haters everywhere. If you don't like our policies, GTFO and stop buying our delicious cookies.
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