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Girl Scouts responds to call for cookie boycott

9:42 PM, Jan 12, 2012   |    comments
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The girl in the video, who identifies herself only as "Taylor," says proceeds from the cookie sales support a pro-transgender agenda that she says does not represent the interest of most Girl Scouts. The video was produced in conjunction with the California group "Honest Girl Scouts."

9NEWS spoke with representatives from the group on Thursday, but they declined to comment on the video.

9NEWS first told you about Bobby Montoya in October. The 7-year-old is biologically a boy, but identifies as a girl.

At first, a troop leader told Bobby's mother that Bobby couldn't join Girl Scouts. However, the organization decided that if a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado will welcome her as a Girl Scout.

According to Amanda Kalina, spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of Colorado, Bobby never joined a local Girl Scout troop after that ruling. Kalina says the Girl Scouts of Colorado "left the door open for conversation," as they are an "inclusive organization." They have handled transgender member cases before, but say they are very rare. They still refer to themselves as a "girl-serving organization."

9NEWS spoke with a local woman Wednesday who is hoping to encourage people to buy extra Girl Scout cookies as a way to support Bobby and other transgender children.

Amy Thieme says she's also using social media to spread her support for Bobby and has so far received a very positive response.

Kalina says the Girl Scout cookies are a "beloved American institution" and an "iconic brand." She thinks they would be a natural target for someone looking to make a statement at the expense of the Girl Scout organization. All proceeds from cookie sales stay with local troops.

Bobby's mom, Felisha Archuleta, says the past few months have been difficult. The family never expected the story to go viral and have heard a lot of feedback. Archuleta says Bobby read some of the feedback, and it made him upset.

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