On the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, a California teenager is calling for a boycott of the organization’s famous cookies. Her complaint: the Girl Scouts admitted a 7-year-old transgender child to a Colorado troop in November.
It is not the first time the issue has garnered complaints. Three Girl Scout troops at a Christian school in Louisiana disbanded in protest in December, the Christian Post reports.
Identified only as Taylor, 14, from Ventura County, Calif., the teenager appears in a YouTube video in which she charges the Girl Scouts with spending money from cookie sales in “promoting the desires of a small handful of people.”
“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,” Taylor, who wears a Girl Scout sash, says in the video. “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.”
The video was released by a Houston-based group made up of Girl Scout volunteers called the “Honest Girl Scouts,” which also sent out a press release to religious publications and pro-family groups, according to The Christian Post .
In an e-mail to The Washington Post Wednesday, Michelle Tompkins, a national Girl Scouts spokeswoman, said the organization “prided itself on being an inclusive organization serving girls from all walks of life”
“We handle cases involving transgender children on a case by case basis with a focus on ensuring the welfare and best interests of the child in question and the other girls in the troop as our highest priority,” she said. The spokeswoman also said that the Girl Scout Cookie Program’s proceeds “stay in the local market and are used to fund programs for girls.”