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A reportedly 14-year-old Girl Scout has joined with parents and Scout alumni to call for a boycott of the widely popular Girl Scout cookies, claiming the organization is using cookie proceeds to push a radical homosexual agenda at the expense of the Scouts’ safety.
The girl, identified as Taylor from Ventura County, Calif. – but whose parents have asked her last name and troop number be withheld – made a YouTube video calling for the boycott after she was shocked to discover Girl Scouts USA, or GSUSA, has been admitting transgender boys who claim to be girls into scout troops.
After controversy arose over the potential admission of Colorado 7-year-old Bobby Montoya last month, The Girl Scouts of Colorado released a statement explaining, “We accept all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.”
Rachelle Trujillo, vice president for communications of the Colorado Girl Scouts, added, “If a child is living as a girl, that’s good enough for us. We don’t require any proof of gender.”
According to a report in the Baptist Press, Trujillo also affirmed transgendered children are currently serving in Girl Scout troops across the U.S., though she declined to give details.
Taylor, however, cites in the video GSUSA materials that outline the importance of the Scouts’ all-girl format and expresses concern about 12th-grade boys passing themselves off as girls.
“The real question is, why is GSUSA willing to break their own safety rules and go against its own research institute findings to accommodate transgender boys?” Taylor asks. “Unfortunately, I think it is because GSUSA cares more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does for my safety and the safety of my friends and sister Girl Scouts, and they are doing it with money we earned for them from Girl Scout cookies.”
The video itself appears below:
“Right now, GSUSA and councils are focusing on adult agendas that have nothing to do with helping girls,” she continues. “I ask all fellow Girl Scouts who want a true, all-girl experience not to sell any cookies until GSUSA addresses our concerns. I ask all parents of Girl Scouts who want their girls to be in a safe environment to tell their leaders why you will not allow your girls to make any more money for GSUSA.”
“There are better ways to support Girl Scout girls,” she concludes. “You can still support your favorite Girl Scout without giving GSUSA more pocket money.”
Taylor’s video promotes a website, HonestGirlScouts.com, which explained in a statement, “Although [Taylor] enjoys scouting and remains a member of GSUSA, she is alarmed and disappointed about the leftward drift of this once venerable institution. … This teen hopes that her launch of a Girl Scout cookie boycott will speak volumes to GSUSA and have them reconsider their partnerships and lack of neutrality during this year, the 100th Anniversary of the founding of American Girl Scouts.”
Susan Riedley, editor of website, told WND that HonestGirlScouts.com is entirely funded and hosted by volunteer parents and current and former Girl Scouts and doesn’t ask for donations, but is “solely education-driven.”
In a flyer handout called “You deserve to know what Girl Scout cookies fund,” available on the website, HonestGirlScouts.com claims the cookies pay for salaries of the GSUSA executive staff, some of whom it calls “leaders in the homosexual rights movement.”
WND confirmed the website’s assertion.
GSUSA’s senior vice president for fund development is Deb Taft, who also serves on the national board of governors for the Human Rights Campaign, the self-described “largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.”
Former GSUSA Director of Administration Lynn Cothren has served as a board member of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and as grand marshall of Atlanta Pride Committee.
And the organization’s current media relations spokesman, Josh Ackley, is the former lead singer of The Dead Betties, a punk rock group spotlighted by several homosexual publications and profiled in the book “Homocore: The Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Rock.”
“Ackley stars in homo-punk music videos that show strangulation of a woman and masturbation,” HonestGirlScouts.com reports, “yet he was chosen to facilitate the 2010 ‘Girls Only’ workshop hosted (cookie-funded) by GSUSA at the United Nations.”
GSUSA reports 3.6 million girl and adult members and claims to build “girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.” The organization can be contacted through its website.