Today in Bitch, Please news: a bigoted group in Texas is calling for a boycott of scrumptious Girl Scout cookies after a Denver, Colorado, troop has allowed a seven-year-0ld boy who identifies as a girl to join them. The diarrhea-icing on this crap-cake is that a 14-year-old Girl Scout in California has also uploaded a video to YouTube railing against Girl Scouts USA for their treachery. “Girl Scouts describes itself as an all-girl experience,” says the girl, identified only as Taylor, who is in a group called Honest Girl Scouts. “With that label, families trust that the girls will be in an environment that is not only nurturing and sensitive to girls’ needs, but also safe for girls.” Translation: a seven-year-old transgender child is a threat. Oh, you know those dangerous queers!
There are six ways to Sunday that Taylor’s anti-Girl Scout video is bigoted. The most startling of which is how she suggests cis-gender girls (AKA born female) are not “safe” around a trans girl because that trans girl is really a boy. And you know what boys do — all boys? They try to hurt, harm, sexually assault and rape girls. It’s a shock that children are even educated in the same classrooms together! Or allowed to play on the same playgrounds! Or live in the same households! Really, how can society expect anyone with testosterone hormones coursing through their bodies to control themselves?!
The other vortex of stupidity within this Girl Scout boycott is that offended people call themselves “pro-family” groups. But what is “pro-family” about exclusion and stigmatization? Family — at least the kind of family that I have — is about support, love and inclusion. Earlier this year, three Girl Scout troops at a Christian school in Lacombe, Louisiana disbanded “in protest” over the organization’s inclusion of trans folks. Instead of being inclusive, welcoming and teaching acceptance to young girls, individual Girl Scouts and individual troops are breaking apart communities.
Cheers to the Girl Scouts USA, whose spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins told The Washington Post that the group has “prided itself on being an inclusive organization serving girls from all walks of life” and will review “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.” Regarding my own nieces, who are Girl Scouts, that is certainly good enough for me.
Taylor has every right to express bigotry in this video (and +1 for the Girl Scouts for empowering her, she says, to speak up for herself) and she also has every right to look hateful and mean-spirited. I hope one day she looks back and feels the same shame that racists do about defending segregation and being anti-miscegenation. It is downright sad that a young 14-year-old girl has been taught to think that way about other people, especially a small child who only wants to enjoy the same fellowship and friends that she so loves. The trans seven-year-old may be allowed to join her local Girl Scout troop right now. But it is going to take a lot longer to erase our society’s stigma and perceived stigma against the “other.”
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