Girl Scouts Insist There Is Not One Type of Girl, Reject Anti-Trans Donation
Photos by The Girl Scouts. Front photo by LHB/Alamy
Small good news of the day: Citing its mission of "serving all girls," The Girl Scouts of Western Washington returned a huge, much-needed donation after being told it couldn't be used to support transgender girls. While the Scouts had been thrilled to get the $100,000 gift - which represented over a quarter of their annual fundraising and the cost of sending 500 girls to camp - Council CEO Megan Ferland quickly decided it had to be sent back, arguing, “Girl Scouts is for every girl."
Unlike the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts have a long history of inclusivity, beginning with its inception in 1912 with a mission to build "girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place." They've also long welcomed transgender girls, often in the face of right-wing opposition and, last month, a campaign by the anti-LGBT American Family Association (sic) to change its policy.
The AFA also tried to organize a boycott of the Scouts' famed cookies. It failed miserably because, duh: Thin Mints! At the time, Girls Scouts USA Chief Andrea Bastani Archibald made it clear the organization would continue providing "an emotionally and physically safe" environment for all. "There is not one type of girl. Every girl's sense of self, path to it, and how she is supported is unique," she argued.
Days after announcing they would return the $100,000 donation, the Washington Scouts set up an Indiegogo campaign with a video explaining their stance and asking for donations to cover the cost of those 500 campers. Within days, they'd received $270,000, or 270% of their goal. So. Hate loses again. We could get used to this.