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Girls Scouts face boycott over welcoming a transgender girl

A 14- year- old Ventura County resident declared a boycott on Girl Scout cookies after hearing the Girls Scouts of Colorado was considering allowing a
transgendered child to join.

According to New York Daily News, The teenager uploaded the YouTube video in protest of 7-year-old Booby Montania joining the organization.

The video argued that Girl Scouts was an all-girl experience and that families trusted that girls would be in a safe and nurturing environment.

The video went viral after just a few weeks, but shortly after hitting the news both the account and video were removed from YouTube.

The video has caused an up rise of voices in the Gay and Transgender Rights groups.

Ambassador Girl Scout, Glynese Hill, a freshman criminal justice major, responded with outrage.

“I personally believe that it shouldn’t matter if transgendered children are in Girl Scouts,” Hill said.

“I believe that Girl Scouts is an equal opportunity organization.”

Many responses to her video have been posted on YouTube with concerned viewers voicing their opinions.

Maya Austin, a junior early childhood and special education major, has been involved with Girl Scouts since childhood and saw both sides of the controversial decision.

“Boycotting cookies is extreme ,” Austin said.

“If they’re taking an overnight trip I could see her not going, but if she has a problem with Boy Scouts she should be able to join.”

Austin feels that since Montania is only seven, it’s not going to be much of a problem.

“She’s going to be in the Brownie section and in that section they don’t learn about personal hygiene or care like they do in the Cadets and senior section,” Austin said.

Austin even suggested possible changes.

“As she rises up the troop may have to change some of the curriculum and programs,” Austin said.

Since the controversial issue hit the news, various troop leaders in the global Girl Scout community disbanded their girls and left the Girl Scout community.

Since then Montania has been entered into the Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The organization released a statement through GLAAD ,(Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), claiming that if a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family identifies her as a girl, then Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.

For Girl Scout Intern and junior early childhood & special education major, Kieya Smith, Girl Scouts is all about equal opportunity.

“I believe that it is very unfortunate that the young lady could call herself a Girl Scout, recite the promise and law, and feel that it is okay to say that they should ban a “girl” because she is a little different,” Smith Smith said.”

“GSUSA is an organization that is all about equal rights not just for girls/women but for all people.”

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  1. It is so good to see this debate go on in the public eye after all the years of it being buried and ignored. Equal rights is all about equal opportunities and just treatment.

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