Girl Scout Cookies are stirring up some controversy across the nation after a local California Scout made a video calling for the boycott of the infamous cookies.
Identified only as Taylor, a 14-year-old from Ventura, the girl has asked everyone to stop buying Girl Scout Cookies after a Colorado-based troop allowed a 7-year-old transgender boy to join last fall, CBS News reported.
In a video on YouTube, Taylor speaks for nearly eight minutes about boycotting cookies, such as Thin Mints, since the company “cares more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does my safety and the safety of my friends and sister Girl Scouts,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
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The video raked in more than 125,000 views before it was made private this week, The Atlantic reported. In the video, Taylor says that Girl Scouts will accept all boys in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members, and says “it isn’t safe to hide boys in the Girl Scouts.”
The Girl Scouts of Colorado responded to the video with a statement, which was released through the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “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,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Soon after the video hit the internet, another video was put up in response by a former man who claims to be a transgender former Girl Scout, the Los Angeles Times reported. Buck Angel asks people to continue to support the Girl Scouts and applauds the organization for allowing transgender children to join.
"I just want to give a shout to Girl Scouts for accepting transgender girls into the Girl Scouts troops," Angel said, the LA times reported. "Support Girl Scouts; they are amazing. Thin Mints being my favorite cookies, so please buy as many cookies as you can and help them to really get the message across that it's not about anything other than showing love and respect and learning how to be a good person."