To: All GSUSA Board Members and Chief Executive Officers
From: Concerned Girl Scouts, Girl Scout Leaders, Parents and Supporters of Girl Scouts of the USA
It has come to our attention that Girl Scouts of the USA has been promoting controversial issues using Girl Scout funds. We fully support the Girl Scout mission to build girls of character and hope that GSUSA will cease promoting issues that run contrary to the values of many Girl Scouts and their families.
We believe that if the Girl Scouts were willing to answer yes to the following ten questions and take steps to institute the policies suggested that much of the controversy that has caused many to leave the Girl Scouts would disappear, and GSUSA could restore its reputation as an organization that parents can trust not to undermine their families’ values.
Please respond to the following questions:
Cease Promoting Controversial Issues
Is GSUSA willing to cease funding any organization that promotes abortion, comprehensive sexuality education, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) rights in their policy statements, lobbying activities, projects or programs?
Is GSUSA willing to remove any links on their website and in their printed materials that direct girls to websites, organizations, or projects that promote abortion, comprehensive sexuality education, or LGBT rights?
Is GSUSA willing to remove any links on their website and in their printed materials that direct girls to websites or to organizations that promote, partner with or support Planned Parenthood or International Planned Parenthood or their affiliates and to cease allowing their councils to partner with Planned Parenthood or their affiliates?
Is GSUSA willing to cease promoting as role models prominent LGBT or abortion rights activists whether on their website, in their materials distributed to girls, in their publications, as featured speakers at Girl Scout meetings and conventions and to cease honoring such controversial figures as “Women of Distinction?”
Is GSUSA willing to instruct Girl Scout councils to cease addressing sexuality and sex education issues and leave these sensitive and controversial issues up to parents?
Is GSUSA willing to withdraw their membership in and cease partnering with any organizations or coalitions that promote abortion, sexuality education, or LGBT rights?
International Advocacy and the United Nations
Is GSUSA willing to establish a policy that Girl Scouts who participate in United Nations conferences will not be involved in supporting or promoting abortion rights, LGBT rights, or any policies that advance comprehensive sexuality education or the involvement of girls in “peer to peer” sexuality education?
Is GSUSA willing to withdraw their membership in and cease funding the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) until such time as they cease to advance abortion, LGBT rights, and controversial sexuality and “peer to peer” education programs?
GSUSA Board Members and Staff
Is GSUSA willing to cease their practice of appointing board members and hiring men and women who have been known to publicly and aggressively promote abortion and/or LGBT rights and to establish a policy that activism on these issues within GSUSA is not acceptable?
Will GSUSA consider removing the category of “sexual orientation” from their nondiscrimination policy to be consistent with the Boy Scouts of America’s nondiscrimination policy, or at least, establish a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy whereby lesbian leaders and employees working in Girl Scout programs understand they will risk dismissal if they discuss their lesbianism or advance LGBT issues within the Girl Scouts?
If the answer to one or more of these questions is no, I will seriously reconsider my support for Girl Scouts of the USA.
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