Girl Scouts Stuck Up for Transgender Rights, Raised Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars, and Had a Slumber Party With the Obamas

by John Boone 1:22 PM PDT, July 01, 2015
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Basically, the Girl Scouts are having the best week ever.

Turns out Girl Scouts should be sainted for more than just delivering us our annual batch of delicious Samoas and Tagalongs and Thin Mints and-- What were we saying? Oh yes, earlier this week, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington received a donation of $100,000.

But it came with a catch: The money couldn’t be used to help support transgender girls in the troop. So, they gave it back. “It was one of the easiest decisions I’ve had to make,” CEO Megan Ferland told Buzzfeed News. “It was a sad decision, but it was a really quick one.”

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“Girl Scouts empowers EVERY girl regardless of her gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation,” this video explains. A blog posted in May says any girl who “lives culturally” as a girl could join the organization.

So the Girl Scouts of Western Washington started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise back the $100k...and in just two days, they’ve raised well over two and a half times that original goal. (They’re around $266,000 with 27 days left to go -- which means you can still donate here!) 

“To make the world a better place, we won’t exclude ANY girl,” the troop promises. “EVERY girl deserves access to a safe friendly environment where she can stand up for what she believes in and be proud of who she is."

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Meanwhile, across the country, President Barack Obama and FLOTUS Michelle Obama hosted the first-ever White House Campout on Tuesday, with fourth-grade scouts from all across the country present.

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The outing was part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to encourage girls to be active outdoors and to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. They had a sing-along on the South Lawn:

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They had group hugs and looked at the stars:

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And Michelle Obama kept it 100%, per usual.

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"I don't know anything. I don't know how to tie a knot. I don't know how to pitch a tent," FLOTUS said of the activities the girls participated in that day (via AP). "I'm definitely not climbing that wall."


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