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American Family Association Petitions to Reject Transgender Girl Scouts

Four years ago, Girl Scouts of the United States of America announced that they would allow transgender girls to participate in their programs.

Earlier this month, the American Family Association created an online petition that calls for Girls Scouts of America to limit its membership to "biological girls." The petition, which has collected more than 39,000 signatures to date, claims that Girl Scouts has lost its "moral compass."

"This means girls in the organization will be forced to recognize and accept transgenderism as a normal lifestyle," the petition reads. "Boys in skirts, boys in makeup and boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young innocent girls at risk."

The national organization provides guidance to more than 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, more than 2.8 million Girl Scouts and adults who volunteer their time for the cause. Although established policies are widely encouraged, Girls Scouts USA can not interfere with decisions made by local councils which may be influenced by media whirlwinds like this one.

After hearing about the petition Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the Girls Scouts "Chief Girl Expert" offered a statement on the company's blog reinforcing the policy for acceptance of transgender girls.

"Our mission is to 'build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place' extends to all members, and through our program, girls develop the necessary leadership skills to advance diversity and promote tolerance," Archibald wrote. "Girl Scouts has valued and supported all girls since our inception in 1912. There is not one type of girl."

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