Transgender Girl Scout, 7, Triggers Cookie Boycott Call

Teen calls for boycott on YouTube over 'unsafe' member
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 11:52 PM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2012 12:03 AM CST

A California teenager is attempting to organize a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because the Scouts allowed a 7-year-old transgender member to join last year. Why are the Girl Scouts "willing to break their own safety rules to accommodate transgender boys?" a girl who calls herself Taylor asks on a YouTube video. "I think it's because the Girl Scouts care more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does my safety," adds the teen, who wears a scout sash in the film. The video was posted to, a group that supports the Girl Scouts returning to "traditional values."

A spokeswoman for the Girls Scouts defended the organization's decision to allow transgender members. "For 100 years, Girl Scouts has prided itself on being an inclusive organization serving girls from all walks of life," she told the New York Daily News. "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." (More Girl Scouts stories.)

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