It’s kind of a bummer that the video that this girl made is now private, so this is going to be a much shorter post than it should be. Normally, the sequence of how this goes is that a video or article is submitted, with quotes from the subject so that the statements made can be made in context. So, since the video is unavailable, there can only be quotes from an article that talks about this.
The story goes that a 14 year old girl named Taylor has joined with her parents and her fellow Girl Scout alumni to start boycotting Girl Scout cookies. She claims that the Girl Scouts are pushing a “radical homosexual agenda at the expense of the Scouts’ safety.
This controversy arose when the Girl Scouts of Colorado let a 7 year old transgender Bobby Montoya into their ranks. At first, they denied the child entry, but then changed their minds. Good for them. However, Taylor isn’t alone in feeling that this is a wrong decision.
According to the vice president of communications for the Girl Scouts of Colorado, there are transgender youth serving all over the country in the Girl Scouts. Given the homophobic policies that guide the Boy Scouts, this is a very nice turn of events. To see a group who is so central to the perceived old-fashioned values of America taking such a progressive stance is very uplifting, especially looking at the 2012 Republican presidential candidates.
But Taylor has called for a boycott. In a video that is now private, she was quoted saying –
“The real question is, why is GSUSA willing to break their own safety rules and go against its own research institute findings to accommodate transgender boys?” Taylor asks. “Unfortunately, I think it is because GSUSA cares more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does for my safety and the safety of my friends and sister Girl Scouts, and they are doing it with money we earned for them from Girl Scout cookies.”
In response to this question, we have a question for Taylor – how are you in danger from a transgender Scout? Really, what is the connection to this girl and her sister being in some kind of harm because somebody wanted equal treatment? This line of reasoning is very confusing. It doesn’t help that it is openly acknowledging that she doesn’t care about the rights of another group of people.
This is an example of what happens when a person who is narrow-minded and wrong tries to make the issue something else. The fact is that the Girl Scouts have done the right thing in allowing transgender children to join their ranks.
Don’t listen to Taylor. Buy those Girl Scout cookies! Do everything you can to help them out!