Equality for all, people!
After a donation of $100,000 to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington was denied support towards transgender girls, the organization returned the offer.
It’s not everyday you get a donation that could cover a quarter of an organization’s annual fundraising target. This $100,000 also would have been sending 500 girls to camp. Council CEO Megan Ferland says, “We were thrilled,” up until a letter came in the mail from the donor.
“Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls,” the donor’s letter read, “If you can’t, please return the money.”
This was clearly unfortunate considering the funds this donation was about to cover, but Ferland has no tolerance for discrimination. She tells the Seattle met that she was “very sad” to receive the letter, but agreed to return the donation.
“Girl Scouts is for every girl,” she said. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.” I couldn’t have said this better myself.
There is constant, and unnecessary judgement about human beings and what they choose to do with their life, and how to live. Being denied an opportunity because you are slightly different, or better yet, unique, should not be tolerated.
“Every girl that is a Girl Scout is a Girl Scout because her parent or guardian brings her to us and says, ‘I want my child to participate,’” Ferland said. “And I don’t question whether or not they’re a girl.”
Danni Askini, executive director of Seattle’s Gender Justice League shares how grateful she is that Girl Scouts of Western Washington are standing by their values to support all girls. She adds, “It’s also mortifying that the donor withdrew this funding. It’s a clear example of how much bias and prejudice against transgender people still exists in our society.”
No worries, though! Ferland set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise the $100,000 back. In an outstanding time of only 18 hours, the campaign already reached almost $40,000.
They are not stopping until the $100,000 is back. Ferland concludes by saying, ‘if it raises a ruckus, it raises a ruckus.”
Maybe a ruckus is what we need, because it’s 2015! Times are changing!!