One of the reasons I love the Girl Scouts USA is that they not only have an amazing organization that for over a century has excelled in developing the leadership skills of girls and young women, they have continued to do so while under continued conservafool assault.
The conservafools have hated on the Girl Scouts because unlike the Boy Scouts, they failed in their attempt to take them over. Ever since them different conservative pundits and politicians have attacked them for their progressive stances.
They have even taken their off the charts hatred of the Girl Scouts to the extreme level of attacking the Girl Scouts annual cookie drives (which is why I buy mass quantities of them every year) to forming their own conservative alternative to Girl Scouts USA called the American Heritage Girls.
Now that the conservative movement is shifting their energy and attention to attacking transgender people, the American
Fascist Family Association on May 13 created a transphobic petition that gained the signatures of 38,000 people demanding the Girl Scouts USA rescind the policy allowing trans feminine participation in Girl Scouts.
The next day Girl Scouts USA put out a statement authored by Andrea Bastiani Archibald that reiterated their support for the trans inclusive policy.
“If a girl is recognized by her family, school and community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe. Inclusion of transgender girls is handled at a council level on a case by case basis, with the welfare and best interests of all members as a top priority.”
That local case by case basis part of the statement leaves a problematic loophole big enough to drive a Mack truck through it. And as any marginalized group is keenly aware of, if you give transphobes an inch, they’ll go the transphobic mile.
While I have yet to hear what the local Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (Houston area) stance is on transgender scouts, I’m aware of the Girl Scouts of Colorado supported a trans kid that wished to join one of their troops, and know the Kentuckiana Council just reaffirmed their support of the national policy, that wasn’t the case of the Girl Scouts Louisiana East Council that covers Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the eastern parishes of the state.
The Girl Scouts Louisiana East Council since November 2011 has proudly had a policy in place barring trans feminine kids.
“We recognize that girls benefit most from a program designed
specifically for them and delivered in an all-girl setting. We affirm
that our council’s programming is for girls only, and has not been
designed to meet the specific needs of boys or transgendered youth.”
They doubled down on it in the wake of the AFA attack on the National GSA with a transphobic dog whistle included in their May 20 memo claiming “the health and safety of our girls is our number one priority.”
As Baton Rouge parent of a Brownie Mary Ellen Slayter told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, “I don’t feel like the presence of a transgender child poses any threat
to my daughter. We are
talking about children here. If they’re questioning their gender
identity, I would want the Girl Scouts to be a safe place for them to
explore that and be in the company of adults who could help them through
that… These kids are far more likely to be harmed by other people
than to cause harm.”
Louisiana East Council, you may wish to join Ms. Slayter and the rest of us in the 21st century, and stop the problematic pimping of the lie that trans kids are a threat to cisgender girls.