100 Questions for the Girls Scouts

Girl Scouts and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Agenda

Position Statement

We recognize the basic human rights of all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. All citizens, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to housing, employment, and to be free from violence and harassment.

While we condemn violence or harassment of anyone, we do not accept that individuals should be given special rights based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

We have provided the information in this section to make parents aware that Girl Scouts of the USA is increasingly promoting LGBT issues to girls by featuring prominent LGBT rights activists as role models at Girl Scout events, in Girl Scout materials, and by referring girls to websites that aggressively promote special LGBT rights.

We believe it is inappropriate to promote LGBT issues to children.

Background Facts:

  • The Girl Scout policy with regard to the sexual orientation of its members, volunteers and staff states “there are no membership policies on sexual preference,” which means that unlike the Boy Scouts and their policy regarding homosexual male adults, the Girl Scouts allow lesbians to serve as leaders.

  • Although the Girl Scout policy also states the organization “does not permit sexual displays of any sort by its members during Girl Scout activities, nor does it permit the advocacy or promotion of a personal lifestyle or sexual preference,”

    —GSUSA is an active member of several organizations that aggressively promote LGBT rights.

    —The GSUSA website in multiple places refers girls to other websites and organizations that actively promote LGBT rights.

Question: Are parents aware that “Regarding sexual orientation, Girl Scouts of the USA holds fast to a commitment to embrace diversity,” and their nondiscrimination policy regarding sexual orientation must be “honored by every person working in the Girl Scout movement?”

Question: Why did a Girl Scout-funded study published by the Girl Scout Research Institute devote an entire section to the examination of girls’ attitudes toward relationships with homosexual and lesbian peers?

Question: Are parents aware that a link on GSUSA’s website sends girls to do research on the website of the Global Fund for Women (GFW), which can expose girls to GFW’s aggressive promotion of highly controversial LGBT rights?

Click here to see the kind of LGBT initiatives the Global Fund for Women supports, for example, projects “to change the cultural and political debate on sexual orientation and gender identity challenging both conservative elements of society and mainstream women’s movements.”

Question: Do parents of Girl Scouts know that GSUSA’s membership in the National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) connects girls to NCY’s Spark Action project, which posts numerous articles in support of LGBT rights?

Click here to see where NCY's home page says they are "among the forces behind SparkAction.org."

Click here and here to see where this NCY project promotes same-sex marriage.

(While serving as CEO of GSUSA Kathy Cloninger also served and continues to serve as Chair of NCY.)

Question: Are Girl Scout parents aware that GSUSA is also a member of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) and that NCRW promotes same-sex marriage among other things? (Former GSUSA CEO, Kathy Cloninger, serves on the board of NCRW.)

Question: Why did the Girl Scout website send girls to complete activities on Tolerance.org, a website that actively promotes LGBT rights including same-sex marriage as well as the controversial “It Gets Better” campaign that tells youth that living as a homosexual will get better for them as they get older.

Question: Are parents aware that at the GSUSA 2011 Convention their girls learned about “Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion,” an event that addressed diversity beyond the traditional “gender and ethnicity model” to prepare for a “new world order of globalization?”

Why does the Girl Scout Cadette Media Journey Book encourage girls to explore the website of Media Matters for America, an organization that attacks groups and individuals that espouse conservative positions on LGBT issues?

Girl Scouts Connections with Prominent Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Activists

Question: Does Lynn Cothren, GSUSA’s openly homosexual Director of Administration and prominent homosexual rights advocate, speaker, and former board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force influence Girl Scout positions on LGBT issues?

Question: GSUSA Chief of External Affairs, Timothy Higdon, is a prominent LGBT activist, was one of the highest paid employees at Amnesty International and has been a leader in the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Do his activist views influence Girl Scout programming and hiring?

Question: Did the Girl Scouts know when they hired their male spokesperson, Joshua Ackley (aka Joshua Starr) that he is a founder of the “Dead Betties” a now defunct, popular homopunk band that created music videos depicting masturbation, prostitution, and violence against women and who has an album featuring a song called “Sick Days are for Sex”? (Click here for more information about Joshua Ackley. WARNING: This material will be offensive to some readers.) Mr. Ackley represented GSUSA in the “Girls Only” UN workshop where the Girl Scouts denied the “Healthy, Happy, and Hot” brochure had been found.

Question: Why did GSUSA appoint to their board Debra Nakatomi, a professional who provides training in advancing LGBT rights?

Question: Does Debra Nakatomi’s passion for promoting feminist and LGBT causes influence her work as GSUSA International Commissioner to WAGGGS or did it influence her choice when helping GSUSA to hire known LGBT activist Deborah Taft?

Question: Did GSUSA hire LGBT activist and lesbian, Deborah Taft who chaired a fundraiser for an organization that seeks to advance transgender rights, same-sex marriage, and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because of her history of promoting LGBT rights?

Question:Why did the Girl Scouts select as a 2011 convention speaker and thus a role model for girls, Annise Parker, a woman who is famous for becoming Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor, and whose partner works for Planned Parenthood?

Although we recognize it would be customary to invite the mayor of a city to participate in a convention, and we fully recognize the rights of LGBT individuals to employment and public life, we question the wisdom in this specific instance of inviting a person who has gained prominence for her sexuality, an issue which is highly controversial within the Girl Scouts and that runs counter to the values of many Girl Scout members.

Question: Are the Girl Scouts nominating Lisa Quiroz to join their board because of her financial support for the Empire State Pride Agenda, Inc., a New York LGBT organization that was one of the largest donors to Governor Cuomo who pushed the same-sex marriage bill through the New York legislature? (Lisa also works for Time Warner which supports same-sex marriage.)

Question: Is GSUSA deliberately creating a corporate culture of people who are passionate about advancing LGBT rights?

Question: Why do the GSUSA biographies of their chief officers and board members omit their history of activism in LGBT causes?

Question: Does GSUSA have anyone in their leadership who is prominent in promoting marriage between a man and a woman?

Question: Since GSUSA’s policy doesn’t permit “the advocacy or promotion of a personal lifestyle or sexual preference,” why does their Journey book “Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy” promote as one of the “Voices for Good,” Martina Navratilova who was honored not just for being the world’s top female tennis player, but also for being “an activist for gay rights” and setting “a milestone for gay rights with her openness and her sexual orientation.”

Question: Is it just a coincidence that the Girl Scout Journey book “Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy” also list as “Voices for Good” a number of women who are either lesbians or who are advocates for lesbian rights? Click here to see the list.

Question: When establishing GSUSA’s new policy that instructs Girl Scout councils to allow boys who are presented by their families as girls to become Girl Scouts, did GSUSA consider the impact this may have on Girl Scouts who may be uncomfortable being required to pretend that a boy is a girl?

Question: How will Girl Scout troops handle the concerns that girls and parents may have regarding Girl Scout sleep-overs and campouts that may now include boys who identify as girls but that still have their male body parts?

Question: Is GSUSA unaware that many health professionals believe that affirming a child as the opposite gender (which their new policy requiring that boys be accepted as “Girl” Scouts will do) can prevent children from getting needed treatment for a recognized psychological disorder called “Gender Identity Disorder?”

Question: Why would the Girl Scout's “Global Explorer” scholarship application ask a Girl Scout if they are male, female, or transgender?

Click here to see the application.

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