A video appeared on YouTube this week featuring an unidentified teenaged girl complaining about transgender "boys" being allowed into the Girl Scouts. At the end of the video she calls for a boycott of the ubiquitous Girl Scout cookies. In response, many people on Twitter and other social media sites are clamoring for LGBT rights supporters to buy lots of Girl Scout cookies instead. The video received over 135,000 views in one day.
Last Word received the following statement from Girl Scouts of the United States of America via e-mail in response to questions about the controversy:
''Girl Scouts of the USA is an inclusive organization, and we welcome all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members. Acceptance of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child in question as a top priority.''
In the video, the girl reads from a highly researched and prepared script. She says that she has been a member of the Girl Scouts for eight years. She goes on to explain that she is bothered by revelations that GSUSA has been allowing biologically born males to participate in the Girl Scouts if the child identifies as a girl and parents "present" her as a girl. She says:
"[M]ost disturbing is that [Girl Scouts USA] also admitted to have already placed transgender boys througout America without letting everyone know....
''So, Girl Scouts admits that different genders, or boys, can enter Girl Scouts, and that they don't require proof of their gender either. Then really, any boy can join Girl Scouts by simply saying he wants to be a Girl Scout.
''But 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? 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 they are doing it with money we earned for them from Girl Scout cookies....
''I am asking you to take action with me and boycott Girl Scout cookies...."
The girl then refers to a website HonestGirlScouts.com which contains a plethora of antagonistic statements about gay and lesbian people, abortion rights, "transgender 'boys'," Planned Parenthood, "liberal-progressive activism," etc. The same video is prominently featured on the site's main page.
Visitors are encouraged to print out and distribute a flyer that says, in part, that Girl Scout cookies fund the promotion of "abortion and LGBT agendas" and rewriting of materials to "include radical activists and gay role models." It also says Executive Staff are "leaders in the homosexual rights movement" and that GSUSA has been "hiding 'transgender' boys."
The call for a boycott was likely preceded by the highly visible case of one transgender child, Bobby Montoya,who was at one point denied admission into a local Girl Scout troop.