Girl Scout Calls for Cookie Ban Due to Transgender Policy

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January 13, 2012 ‐ By

In a passionate YouTube video that’s now been made private, a California teenager is attempting to spark a nationwide boycott of Girl Scout cookies as a result of the organization allowing a 7-year-old transgender child to join a Colorado troop this past fall.

The girl, identified as Taylor, claims to have been a Girl Scout for eight years and says her organization is using proceeds from sales of the cookies to “[promote] the desires of a small handful of people,” saying:

“Right now, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A…is not being honest with us girls, its troops, its leaders, its parents or the American public. 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. I am asking you to take action with me and boycott Girl Scout Cookies.”

Considering Taylor’s message has now been blocked, I’m assuming the head Girl Scout troopers got to her, but it’s interesting that she can be silenced all while the organization refuses to allow the concerns of the LGBTQ community to go unheard. Many people were extremely upset when transgender child Bobby Montoya was admitted to a Colorado troop last year, prompting the resignation of three Scout leaders in Louisiana who also dissolved their troops. But in a statement released by the Girl Scouts of Colorado through the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation they wrote, “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.”

What do you think about Taylor’s call for a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies? Do you agree with the organization’s policy to permit transgender girls to join?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Yecats

    Amen!!! That’s the same thing I was thinking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775279655 Judy Lxn

    How did little Taylor become such a bigot at such a young age…her parents are most  likely “proud” of her I am sure.
    :(

  • Sdennis334

    Most children don’t up and decide they want to be the opposite sex. There are obviously some strong feelings the child is dealing with, and she feels comfortable being identified as female. People are acting like this is new. It’s not new in the least – people just have more courage to speak out about it today than they did 30 or 40 years ago. There are no agendas being pushed….unless you consider being treated fairly, respectfully, and equally too much to ask for.

    • Isallihave

      Then this child should respect the others.  respect goes both ways.  why do others have to always accept someone else’s pov?

      • Sdennis334

        Another’s point of view should be considered when discrimination and unfair treatment is involved.    I’m African-American, liberal, and spiritual- but does that mean I cannot attend a mostly-white, private school in a conservative community? Not at all. I can participate, learn, and build relationships with people without disrespecting their beliefs or making them feel uncomfortable – and they should be able to do the same for me. If a school had something against me for my race or beliefs and subsequently told me I couldn’t enroll, that would be discrimination. People’s opposition to LGBTQ issues tends to stem from religious beliefs, but the Girl Scouts is not a religious organization.

        People tend to confuse “accept” with “participate in”. LGBTQ persons are not asking that you become a staunch advocate for their cause; they want to be treated fairly and seen as equals.

        This girl must feel so hurt right now. This will be the first of many battles she faces in her lifetime. I just hope she finds a place where she can be happy and accepted, not just tolerated, by people.

      • Sdennis334

        Another’s point of view should be considered when discrimination and unfair treatment is involved.    I’m African-American, liberal, and spiritual- but does that mean I cannot attend a mostly-white, private school in a conservative community? Not at all. I can participate, learn, and build relationships with people without disrespecting their beliefs or making them feel uncomfortable – and they should be able to do the same for me. If a school had something against me for my race or beliefs and subsequently told me I couldn’t enroll, that would be discrimination. People’s opposition to LGBTQ issues tends to stem from religious beliefs, but the Girl Scouts is not a religious organization.

        People tend to confuse “accept” with “participate in”. LGBTQ persons are not asking that you become a staunch advocate for their cause; they want to be treated fairly and seen as equals.

        This girl must feel so hurt right now. This will be the first of many battles she faces in her lifetime. I just hope she finds a place where she can be happy and accepted, not just tolerated, by people.

      • Sdennis334

        People tend to confuse “accept” with “participate in”. LGBTQ persons are
        not asking that you become a staunch advocate for their cause; they
        want to be treated fairly and seen as equals.

           I’m African-American, liberal, and spiritual- but does that mean I cannot attend a mostly-white, private school in a conservative community? Not at all. I can participate, learn, and build relationships with people without disrespecting their beliefs or making them feel uncomfortable – and they should be able to do the same for me. If a school had something against me for my race or beliefs and subsequently told me I couldn’t enroll, that would be discrimination. People’s opposition to LGBTQ issues tends to stem from religious beliefs, but the Girl Scouts is not a religious organization.

        This girl must feel so hurt right now. This will be the first of many battles she faces in her lifetime. I just hope she finds a place where she can be happy and accepted, not just tolerated, by people.

        • Isallihave

          I know the difference between accept and between.  What if people dont want to participate with a boy dressed as a girl.  Do we have to accept it, be uncomfortable to accomodate others?  If HE prefers to dress as a girl, why do so in a place like the girlscouts when others arent comfortable.  I dont understand why we have to accomodate others.  How about them accomodating others.  It works both ways.

          • Sdennis334

            I respectfully agree to disagree.

            Why not accommodate the child? She isn’t posing a threat to anyone. I really don’t know why the child’s birth sex was disclosed. If the child thinks, dresses, is comfortable as a girl, and behaves as a girl and can pass for one, she should be allowed to participate in girl scouts. If not, what’s the alternative? Boy scouts? Or just being turned away because she is different? By this logic, everyone who is different from the majority should be turned away. Blacks and Latinos people shouldn’t be allowed to go to school with whites, because they definitely still make white people uncomfortable.

            In any case, this will come to pass. Persons of color and women were discriminated against for reasons they could not control. The government and many people saw the error in their reasoning and granted them equal rights. Now we look back on history and realize how hateful and narrow minded those people were. In time, the same will happen for the LGBTQ community. I want to be on the right side of history.

  • Lkrad

    I was a Girl Scout from the first day of brownies to my senior year in high school, I even earned the Highest Award: The Gold Award. They taught me alot of my core values, so on one side I praise this young lady for standing up for her beliefs, that is something GS teachs you. But in my opinion GS taught me not to dicriminate and that is what this girl is promoting! It is not like these children choose to be females in boys bodies and even in this enlighten age I don’t see to may familys supporting their female boys to join any all girl activity. I praise GS in their open mindness and supporting children of all walks of life! I’m proud to say I am a Girl Scout!

  • Msmykimoto2u

    So when he/she is swimming and the little girls notice his package, how will the adults explain that to the children? All the little girls are going to see is a boy in girls clothes and then probably freak out and say ew, and cause a commotion

  • Msmykimoto2u

    You might have meant to say “Feminine” and “Woman” are not the same but Female and Woman are the same but at the same time a woman can be as masculine as she wants but does that make her any less a woman because she chooses to play the masculine role? No it just means she is gay. I dont think Ellen would like for anyone to call her a man

  • devildog808

    Is this the “princess boy” that I’ve heard so much about or is this yet another child?

  • devildog808

    I think the Girl Scouts is a fine organziation and I learned a great deal as a scout. I think it is imperative that the Girl Scouts remain an org for girls. It is one of the few well established organizations for young girls. No offense to the GLBTQ community but this is not a very good war to wage. Why don’t they start their own org to assist the many children in their community. JMO

    • Msmykimoto2u

      I agree. There should be a LBGT scouts if this is what they want. I mean whats to say a little boy doesnt pretend he wants to be a girl but actually has different intentions. When they are swimming or undressing and they notice his package, how will they explain that to the children?

      • naja_raja

        Because separate but equal has always been a real big hit in the past…

        • Nointerruptions

          It appears that the LGBT would prefer to have those in their community intrude on others without realizing that if people are not comfortable they will not attempt to understand others.  I feel it’s all about them and they dont consider others.

  • Rin

    “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.”The Girl Scouts of Colorado had it absolutely right. If she identifies as a girl, just as all the other girls in the program do, then that’s exactly where she belongs. My troop would have done the same if she’d wanted to join. 

  • Jusayungladee

    What is going on in this world! Girls wanting to be boys;boys wanting to be girls’ I am so confused Now they will be teaching it in classrooms. Be who ever you want to be;however let me teach my own damn child. This whole story is too much. You really don’t know what to do,but what if this makes other kids uncomfortable?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003085266535 Courtney Small

    Sex and gender are two different things. A girl can be a tom-boy but does not want to be a guy. There’s a difference. a boy playing with dolls doesn’t mean he wants to be a girl. It’s a difference, it’s a problem when people are too worried about what society will think about them and that becomes a bearing on how they raise their kid. Telling a transgender boy to wear boys stuff and play football, isn’t helping him at all. If he identifies as a girl, then that is a problem that needs to be addressed. Until his outside matches how he feels on the inside then he shouldn’t join.

  • Msmykimoto2u

    Where does a 7yr old little boy even get the idea of identifing himself as a girl? Come on parents, really? They knew what they were doing to him and what they wanted to get if they refused him admission into the girl scouts. SUE! Now parents of these little girls have to deal with their daughters having a little “BOY” in their daughters tents.

    • Guest

      What happens when puberty hit and he decides he’s a boy after all?

      • Candacey Doris

        But here’s the thing, she might not.

        • Msmykimoto2u

          Thats doesnt make her any less of a boy though

          • Msmykimoto2u

            correction “him”

            • Candacey Doris

              No, it’s her. For now, at least. :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003085266535 Courtney Small

      it’s a mental thing. transgender is of the mind. it’s not like the boy liked pink dolls and suddenly wanted to be a girl. Thats not how it works.

  • Energyyes

    Their is a post on this site is about the emasculation of men.  Why are we bent as a nation to merge genders?  Why?
    Some things should be gender segregated.  It’s not going to kills us to have gender based organizations, clubs, etc.  Boys are boys, girls are girls.  Geeeeesh 

  • MIA

    My problem with the whole transgender incident is the fact that the child’s parents broadcast it to try to make some sort of statement. I think if “she” had been allowed to join without disclosing her former gender there would not have been this huge blow-up. Girl scouts is suppose to be fun, not a place for agendas. Those parents were dead wrong to do that to their child, bad enough he had to deal with gender issues, why spotlight her and make her a spectacle and subject of ridicule? The fact that she was born male is no ones business.

  • Prissy

    No. They have a boy scouts. While I am all for equality, when does this end? It’s not fair to have to be pressured to be in a religion (christians trying to impose their beliefs on the masses), WHY should we also HAVE to be pressured to accept trans people? NOT knocking their lifestyle, but when will it end.? Why can’t they have their own organization for children/teens/adults who are trans? Girl Scouts are for GIRLS. Boy Scouts are for BOYS. Let kids be kids please. WHY must we have to force everyone to believe or agree with everything that we say or do? If someone isn’t comfortable or may have a different opinion about stuff than they are being judgmental and/or homophobic. 

    • JESSEVANDELL

      completely agree

    • MIA

      I don’t think being trans is the real issue here, I mean we’d all be surprised at how many trans individuals we encounter in our daily lives, its not an issue because they blend into society without spotlighting their former gender. My problem is with individuals trying to be  trailblazers, while pushing their political statements and agendas on the masses, that simply is not needed in a child’s organization.

      • Prissy

        You are so right!!! I appreciate your viewpoints ladies! 

    • Sugar_Spice

      Co sign!  I feel like the issue is being forced down peoples throats & now they are using a child

    • crose

      That would promote a seperate, but equal social standard in the United States. In our history, we’ve already proven that to be unsuccessful and wrong.

    • Mssroney

      Shut up prissy,u don’t know what trans ppl go through.its a part of life get over it

  • JESSEVANDELL

    If the child is officially a girl ( meaning the boy had surgery to be a girl)…..then i suppose he should be allowed to join ( cringing while I say that). If not than NOPE. Girl scouts is for girls and girls only so if you Don’t have the right sexual organ you have no right to be in the group. Period.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kayla.esbjorn Kayla Ancrum

      I’m all for Trans And LGB rights, but I so agree. The girl’s parents have to be protected too. Until this trans-girl has the surgery to become physically female, She should be restricted to whatever limits of her physical gender. It may be hard and annoying, but when she grows up and can make the physical changes to the body of the gender she was unfortunately given the body of, she is still physically male.