Friday, February 10, 2012

The Girl Scouts' cookie sales are being boycotted because the Girl Scouts include transgender girls - Let's rise up as a community and BUY OUT THEIR COOKIES!

It's sad.

The Girl Scouts have got it so right.

“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."

But there are voices of intolerance who want to say transgender people don't belong in the Girl Scouts.  That they shouldn't be accepted.  That they aren't one of us.

Well transgender children are people, too - and they deserve to be treated with respect.  And the Girl Scouts, rather than being praised for being on the right side of history, are being targeted.  With a call to boycott Girl Scout Cookies.

So here's our mission, for everyone straight or GLBTQ, for everyone who believes in equality and working to create a better world:  Let's buy Girl Scout Cookies.  Lots of them.  Buy the whole table-full.  And tell the Girl Scouts you're doing it to applaud the Girl Scouts organization's stand for equality and embrace of transgender girls.

Let's make 2012 the year that the Girl Scouts sell more cookies than EVER before.

Let's show the Girl Scouts that embracing differences is not only the right thing to do, but it's good for business, and good for all their member scouts.  And we'll show the world, too.

I'll be giving Girl Scout Cookies as gifts for the rest of the year, and I hope you will, too.

Because this time, standing up for equality... is delicious.

***AN UPDATE: Feb 22, 2012***

The Girl Scouts are attacked again, this time by Bob Morris, a Republican lawmaker in Indiana, for including the transgender child AND for allegedly being a "tactical arm" of Planned Parenthood and thus promoting homosexuality and abortion.

The Republican speaker of the House Brian Bosma responded by handing out thin mints to his fellow lawmakers to show his support for the Girl Scouts, saying "I purchased 278 cases of Girl Scout cookies in the last four hours." 


***ANOTHER UPDATE: Feb 23, 2012***

A Church in Virginia has kicked out the Girl Scout troops that were meeting in their church and school buildings, saying the group is allied with planned parenthood.  "St. Timothy Catholic Church said that scouts won’t be allowed to meet or wear their uniforms on church property."

The response from the Girl Scouts was upbeat, but make no mistake: they're under attack.

""This location change presents us with an opportunity to serve not only the girls from St. Timothy’s, but to invite more girls from the area to join Girl Scouts. After all, this is our 100th anniversary year and a great time to be part of Girl Scouting."

And it's a great time to buy Girl Scout cookies in support!

There's also a new on-line petition you can sign, showing you support the Girl Scouts!


ps - a standing ovation to my husband, who had this brilliant idea!  Love you!

pps - want to help the Girl Scout Troop in Colorado who welcomed the transgender child?  Trans Youth Family Allies has set up a donation page here


Annie said...

So glad the Girl Scouts officially embrace all children identifying as female. I've already bought some cookies, but this is a great excuse to buy more the next time I walk by the GS cookie sales table.

Alex said...

Wow, good for the Girl Scouts. I am so happy I just bought more cookies that I need, but couldn't resist. Great idea giving them away as gifts. I am going to do this, too - after all, everyone loves Girl Scout cookies.

Thanks for spreading the word!

sruble said...

Ever since I saw that story, I've been trying to find cookies! Still looking, but I'm determined that the thin mints will be mine (along with a few other varieties).

Tasha said...

Lee thanks for bringing this to my attention. Looks like it's time to buy even more!

Mother (Re)produces. said...

It's so good to hear that the Girl Scouts have the guts to stand up for this. Being a young person is tough enough, but being a young person in the wrong body needs extra support, not extra bigotry and judgmentalness. (That's not a real word, is it? Oh, well; you know what I mean.)

Alas, GS cookies aren't available over here- I miss them!

Sarah Laurenson said...

And here I thought we'd given up Thin Mints forever. Alas, we must go and buy a bunch (and give most of them away - but maybe not the Thin Mints).

Not sure why Planned Parenthood is considered gay. That's a puzzling one.

Jennifer Morian Frye said...

I hadn't heard this one. There was a lawmaker here in my state (IN) who made a jackass of himself by refusing to support the Girl Scouts. Ridiculous. I've about had it with politicians and the church, personally. Seems to only be getting worse lately. Maybe it is just more in the media. Ugh! Avoiding stupid is getting harder and harder. All I can do is raise my kids right, and vote.

Mark said...

And here I thought I was the only Gay guy talking about Girl Scout Cookies. See what a little Googling does for me!