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Girl Scouts of America Return $100,000.00 Donation Over Anti-Trans Caveat

 

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For the second time in less than five years the Girl Scouts of America are taking a strong and costly public stand to support transgender girls.

Recently the the Girls Scouts of Western Washington received a $100,000 donation to send 500 girls to camp. The catch? It couldn’t be used on trangendered girls.

In late May, as news of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition was blowing up your Facebook and Twitter news feed, Western Washington Council Leader Megan Ferland received a letter from the donor with a brief request: Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.

And not bowing to bigot, return the money she did.

In a short letter, she informed the donor that she would, in fact, be returning the money. Her reasoning was simple. “Girl Scouts is for every girl,” she says. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”

Girls Scouts USA Chief Girl Expert Andrea Bastani Archibald said in a statement last May  the non-profit would continue to support diversity, especially around transgender issues.

“There is not one type of girl. Every girl’s sense of self, path to it, and how she is supported is unique,” she wrote. “If a girl is recognized by her family, school and community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.”

Yesterday, the troop launched an Indiegogo fundraiser called #ForEVERYGirl, asking the public to “help us raise back the $100,000 a donor asked us to return because we welcome transgender girls.”

In one day they have received nearly $125,000 from over 2,500 people.

“THANK YOU for sending the loud and clear message that Girl Scouts is for EVERY girl!!” the troop wrote on their fundraiser page.” With that support girls can join a troop, go to camp and participate in a multitude of other life-changing Girl Scout experiences even though their families can’t afford to pay for them.”

H/T Seattle Met

California “Pastor” ‘Would Rather Die In The Battle’ Than Grant Protections To Transgender Kids

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Jim Garlow, the radical anti-LGBT religious extremist Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California was a vocal opponent against gay marriage in California with his strong support of Proposition 8,.

Not that Prop 8 has been verturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, Garlow and the conservative Capitol Resource Institute  are now leading the charge against a California law that protects transgender children from discrimination. The law allows children to self-identify their gender, use the restroom of their choice and play on school sports teams of their choice.

During a recent webcast, Pastor Garlow told his fellow pastors to be “prophets” and fight the transgender law, even if they have to die:

“I would rather die in the battle for truth than continue living under the chaos and tyranny that is coming upon us. And so some things are worth dying for, whether it’s in our own emotions or in our own ambitions or whether it’s actual, physical death.  Some things are worth standing for and it’s time for us to stand up. We’re coming into a season of intensified persecution, we all see it, we all know it, discerning people grasp it. So be it.”

Garlow who once compared children losing their parents on 9/11 to children with gay parents, also compares marriage equality to slavery and has said that “Satan” is behind extending the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couple

Source: RightWingWatch.org, PrivacyForAllStudents.comCapitolResource.orgg