My response to transgender girl scouts

Friday, January 13, 2012

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.


Lance and Stephanie Kneese said...

I was in Girls Scouts growing up and I loved it, it was a great place to meet all kinds of new friends.

And now every year I can't help but buy several boxes of cookies. Only problem for me is I can't have just a couple, I end up eating half the box before i realize it.. but they're just sooo... OH SO GOOD!! lol

Just Me said...

lol I abide by the one serving = one box rule. :)

Ginger said...

I'm glad the Girl Scouts are being so open and accepting. It's something that makes me want to buy (even more) cookies to support them.

Just Me said...

Yay I am glad that the Girl Scouts are being supported!

meghann said...

I caught my breath for a second when I saw the title to this because I wasn't sure I was going to like what you had to say. But I was glad to see that I *love* what you had to say! xo

Leanne said...

Yep, I agree with you! And I don't know about you and your girls but we don't really talk about sexuality in Scouting here. So, I'm not sure I even get the point of this girl's whole rant.

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