The Girl Scouts of the USA is rewarding children with a rainbow-striped patch when they participate in LGBT-themed activities and activism, including Pride parades and reading books written by LGBT authors.
The Girl Scouts is encouraging its members of all ages to get involved in Pride Month by offering a special patch for their participation.
The Pride patch is a part of the scout’s multicultural community celebration segment, along with Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
“Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month by having fun learning about all the communities it represents while earning a new patch!” the Girl Scouts’ website states.
“The Girl Scout LGBTQ+ Pride Month Celebration Fun Patch is designed for Girl Scouts of all levels and their leaders to honor LGBTQ+ history, to celebrate the diverse cultures and identities of LGBTQ+ people, and to acknowledge the many contributions of the LGBTQ+ community has made and continues to make across our nation. Girls and leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn this fun patch, and we encourage girls of all identities to participate,” it adds.
A PDF packet attached to the scout’s website lists 20 activities girls can participate in to receive the special patch. Depending on their scout level, members must participate in three or six activities to earn the patch.
Children can choose to create a rainbow flag, read books written by LGBT authors, attend a Pride celebration, watch documentaries about LGBT history, or create art “that celebrates how families come in all shapes, sizes, and kinds.”
Additionally, the “Fun Patch Activities” packet provides children with “LGBTQ+ vocabulary” information, which defines “lesbian,” “gay,” “bisexual,” “transgender or trans,” and “queer.”
The Girl Scouts also sell an LGBT tank top featuring a rainbow-theme that states “all places should be safe spaces.”
A Facebook post from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts showed members participating in a Pride parade.
“We center diversity, belonging, and inclusion by welcoming everyone who identifies as a girl, transgender boys, non-binary youth members, and adults of all genders. This month and every month, we are proud to stand in support of our LGBTQIA+ Girl Scouts and community members who continue to face hate, discrimination, and violence for living as they are. We see you, we hear you, and we love you,” the post stated.
The Girl Scouts did not respond to a request for comment, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
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