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Girl Scouts Reject $100K Donation Because Donor Didn’t Want It To Be Used For Trans Girls

They didn’t like where the money was coming from—so they’re raising it on their own.

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Not too long ago, The Girl Scouts made major headlines when they officially announced that they welcome transgender girls in their community. While their policy was celebrated by money, some weren’t quite as happy. Just recently, The Girl Scouts of Western Washington received a huge $100,000 donation to help send 500 girls to camp. But when they discovered that the donation couldn’t be used to help transgender girls (“Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money,” read the note), they made a tough decision:

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A Summer Camp for Transgender Youth

116-acre property will provide safe haven, a welcoming community, and hopefully, bug juice.

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In the wake of 17-year-old Ohio transgender girl Leelah Alcorn’s suicide, a community of friends, peers, and allies are left reeling and contemplating just how many trans youth need to suffer these heartbreaking consequences before we see some true progress and acceptance. “My death needs to mean something,” implored Alcorn in her suicide note, which she queued up on Tumblr to be published after her death.

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Saying “Eayikes!” Without Fear

An emerging non-profit teaches kids how to build community.

Ray Ricafort was bummed. He had been volunteering at Beach High, a remedial high school in Long Beach, CA, and was sure he’d been getting through to the kids. “I just had this idea that I’d come in, and it would be all good,” he says. Ricafort had shown up once a week to lead diversity exercises and conversations, show videos, and help to build a sense of community among the students. He had gotten to know a few of them pretty well, and felt like they were finally warming up to him. So last year, when he and a group of college friends established a free summer camp with the exclamatory name “Eayikes,” he was pretty disappointed when none of his Beach High School students showed up.

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