Until a young woman posted a video calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies, because the organization allowed a transgender scout to belong, I had no idea a friend's beautiful daughter was now her handsome son.
She sent me a link to the video below. I watched it with a big smile on my face and also tears in my eyes. The tears weren't the sad kind. They were the kind that come when I'm watching a courageous young person speak out against injustice.
Her response and a whole lot of other videos that popped up in defense of transgender Girl Scouts give me hope. Intolerance is nothing new, but the Internet makes it easier to speak out for acceptance. And a lot of people are doing it.
I checked the Girl Scouts Web site and found nothing when I searched "transgender". But an interview on AlterNet had this response from a Girl Scouts spokeswoman:
"For 100 years, Girl Scouts has prided itself on being an inclusive organization serving girls from all walks of life. 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.”
There's room for waffling in the statement so I like the one from the Colorado chapter better. When they came out in support of a transgender child who wanted to join, they issued this statement:
"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."
That's the spirit, and I'd like to thank everyone who has chimed in to remind the young woman who posted the first video that humans are complicated and vulnerable. They don't need stereotypes and judgement. They do need love.
I won’t post the initial video, but you can find it here.