Many people love the crunchy sweet taste of Girl Scout cookies, but not everyone loves the inclusion of a transgender child into the actual Girl Scouts organization. Last fall, the Girl Scouts of the USA admitted then 7-year-old Bobby Montoya, a child born a boy, but who identifies as a girl, to a troop in Colorado.
Both widespread backlash and support have followed that decision. “For 100 years, Girl Scouts has prided itself on being an inclusive organization serving girls from all walks of life,” Girl Scouts of the USA has said in a statement. “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.” But in a video posted to the site HonestGirlScouts.com, a 14-year-old girl who only identifies herself as Taylor and a Girl Scout herself rails against the decision, and calls for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies in protest. “Right now, Girl Scouts of the USA … is not being honest with us girls, its troops, its leaders, its parents or the American public,” she says in the video.
Do you think transgender children and teens should be accepted as Girl Scouts? Do you side with the organization’s stance of inclusivity, or with Taylor?
Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Family Policy Studies, Family Research Council
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality