Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dear Girl Scouts

I am a former scout and assistant scout leader. I recently learned that transgender girls are being allowed to join Girl Scouts. I hope the unfortunately fearful and closed-minded girl and other people who purpose a cookie boycott because of this find a way to ease their discomfort before they further negatively impact the lives of so many others.

I would proudly be a sister to any girl scout, no matter her birth gender. Who knows, maybe I was a sister scout to a transgender scout? I wasn't worried about or examining other girls' genitalia. I'm still not.

I might question some cookie ingredients and organization changes since my childhood, but not this one.

I want to express my pride in having been part of this organization for over ten years. I will continue to...

do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to EVERY Girl Scout.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Power of Vulnerability

Because this might be my favorite TED talk ever, and it's in line with my last post, I share the following video.

The Power of Vulnerability