I am a proud member of Girl Scouts of The United States of America.
I am even prouder that the Girl Scouts are being so courageous to welcome everyone.
Girls- especially girls who may not fit the 'norm' need to be and deserve to be supported and nurtured, not judged and ostracized.
A few parents have asked how I would feel if my daughter's troop had a transgender child in it. While obviously, I cannot tell exactly, because I am not in that situation, I have to say- that on the whole- great- I would be proud of her for welcoming and accepting another person. I would be thrilled that she would be exposed to a wide variety of people. We are not all alike. Our differences are something that should be celebrated- not shamed.
I suppose this is where, for me, at least, things get complicated. If the Girl Scouts wanted tax money/breaks/benefits then they should be held to a non-discrimination code, that welcomes everyone. If they wanted to be maintained as a private organization- then I would have to support their right to prohibit people from joining- but I would not like it.
As it stands, I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that is is courageous enough to stand up for everyone and welcome all girls.
And yes- I will be buying a ton of cookies this year. It is a darn good thing they freeze well.