Boycott of Girl Scout Cookies! For Some, Transgender Child's Inclusion Unacceptable!
After much controversy in late fall, Girl Scouts admitted 7 year-old Bobby Montoya into the organization after initially excluding the transgender girl and receiving flack for it. The controversy continued December in Louisiana when three leaders resigned and dissolved their troops in protest for admitting Montoya.
Now, the flurry of advocacy is charging ahead in January with a California-based teen attempting to smash Girls Scouts where it most hurts, in their huge fund raising campaign which happens once a year, their Girls Scout Cookie sales. The girl, which World News Daily has identified only as Taylor from Ventura County, California appeared in a YouTube video (which was taken down some time after 3:00 p.m. January 12, 2012. I uploaded the link earlier for this article and it worked, though the comment section had been taken down. When I checked back around 3:15 p.m. the video had been removed.) In the video she states that she has been with Girl Scouts for 8 years. She wears a Girl Scout sash with badges and award buttons and reads from off camera cue cards, a well researched, reasoned and prepared script.
Taylor's eight-minute video argues that allowing Montoya into the organization goes against the Girl Scouts' mission and transgresses scouting directives and values. She asks the question, "Why is GSUSA willing to break its own safety rules and go against its own research findings to accommodate transgender boys?"
And she answers it with an accusatory note, void of emotion, "Unfortunately, I think it is because GSUSA cares more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does my safety and the safety of my friends. And they are doing it with the money we earn for them by selling Girl Scout cookies.”
Additional points she makes are that the organization has been "dishonest and unfair" in not acknowledging that it has been accepting transgender individuals even prior to Montoya's admittance and has not notified the membership of this. "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," she says matter of factly.
Taylor affirms why members should boycott when she argues that the organization is using proceeds from sales of the popular cookies to "[promote] the desires of a small handful of people." She goes on to note, "I am asking you to take action with me and boycott Girl Scout Cookies."Continued on the next page