A transgender Girl Scout who was mocked by a grownup while peddling Thin Mints and Tagalongs door-to-door has gotten some sweet revenge — by selling more than 3,000 boxes of cookies, and gaining supporters from all around the world.
Stormi, of Herron, Ill., who requested that BuzzFeed identify her by first name only, told the news site that as she and her foster mom, Kim, went from house to house in her neighborhood, one man refused her a sale, saying, “Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.” That comment, she said, “made me sad. Because I’m a girl.”
Then she went home and cried.
“She was like, ‘Why am I not good enough?’” Kim, who has had Stormi placed with her for three years, told BuzzFeed. “We just started talking and she decided she wasn’t going to let him win.” That’s when Kim posted the story to an online transgender forum and moved Stormi’s cookie enterprise to an online shop. Both have brought the Girl Scout a cavalcade of welcome support, including Stormi’s thousands of boxes of cookies sold.
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Others have been posting about the girl’s bravery on Facebook. “I bought my Girl Scout Cookies through the link in this article and I don’t even eat cookies!” wrote one Las Vegas supporter. “Support the Girl Scouts who have an inclusion policy for girls like Stormi, and show some love to a child who needs to know that there are good people out there who have her back. She will not grow up alone or unwanted again.”
The national organization began formally accepting transgender girls into its ranks since 2012. In 2015, the Christian-right American Family Association railed against the policy, noting, “Boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young innocent girls at risk.” But the Girl Scouts fired back with a statement that said, in part, “If a girl is recognized by her family, school and community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe. Inclusion of transgender girls is handled at a council level on a case by case basis, with the welfare and best interests of all members as a top priority.”
Stormi’s cookie page. (Photo: Girl Scouts)
Another Stormi supporter, from Ohio, posted on Facebook, “This is a person who wanted to be a Girl Scout, end of story. Why do adults feel the need to hate on a child because they are different?”
Also jumping to her defense has been the New York City improv duo, Lauren and Caitlyn, who renamed a recent show in her honor and offered free admission to those who showed proof that they’d purchased cookies from Stormi. “As former Girl Scouts Lauren & Caitlin were really moved by a story…posted last week about a young trans Girl Scout who faced some serious ignorance and mean spirits when trying to go door to door,” their Facebook event page explained. “But the cool thing about GSA and technology is now she has an online cookie store! We can show Stormi that not everyone is an ignorant meanie and support an organization that’s dedicated to empowering young women, and get some sweet yummy cookies while we’re at it.” To buy your own, head here.