NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 9:10 PM
Illinois Girl Scout Stormi is selling her cookies by the thousands through her online store.
A 9-year-old transgender Girl Scout has suffered smears online and in person just for selling the Scouts’ famous cookies.
Yet Stormi, who lives in Herrin in Southern Illinois, has also received an outpouring of love in the form of thousands of cookies sold despite the hateful comments directed at her, BuzzFeed News reported Monday.
Stormi was knocking on doors with her foster mother last month when a man at one home expressed opposition to the Girl Scouts of America’s inclusive policies by insulting a little girl.
“Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress,” the man who lives nearby them said, according to Stormi and her foster mother Kim. BuzzFeed didn’t include their last names out of fear for their personal safety.
“It made me sad,” Stormi said. “Because I’m a girl.”
She asked Kim, whom she’s lived with three years, to take her home and burst into tears.
“She was like, ‘Why am I not good enough?’” said Kim. “We just started talking and she decided she wasn’t going to let him win.”
And she didn’t. “Stormi’s Cookie World,” her online shop, has passed its goal of selling over 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, the site showed Tuesday night. Stormi’s family is donating cookies to “local foster kids like me,” she wrote on the site.
“I have learned that even though people can be mean I shouldn’t give up!” she wrote.
Two New York City improv artists who gave a free ticket to their Friday show to anyone who bought cookies from Stormi wrote on Facebook Tuesday that she has now sold over 4,000 boxes.
“So proud to be a part of such an amazing young woman’s story!” the performance group, “Lauren and Caitlin present DATEprov,” wrote. “You’re more than worth it and you’re an inspiration! Keep it up Stormi!”
Yet others posting on social media about the story decided they would rather join in on the trans shaming.
“What a stupid piece of ‘news’!!” one Facebook user said. “Does a 9-year-old child know for a fact he is transgender? Or is this child confused? The minority trying to ram their satanic beliefs down our throats, lest we be called bigoted, homophobic, or whatever other insult their ‘inclusiveness’ wants to call the rest of us, because God says they are wrong!”
Another user wrote, “So instead of the obvious response of ‘Hey Stormi, you’re not a f—–g girl,’ America instead chooses to embrace this delusional idea that a person can just be a different gender simply because they say so.”
The Girl Scouts have allowed transgender girls to join since 2011, CNN reported last spring. The right-wing American Family Association started a petition in May saying Girl Scouts of America has “lost its moral compass” and accusing it of a new policy saying “Boys dressing as girls can join.” Over 40,000 people had signed Tuesday night.
The national organization’s official policy states it places transgender girls on a “case-by-case basis” and that the organization can serve them with a safe setting if the child lives as a girl and is recognized as one by friends and family. Jay Strobel, a spokesman for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, told The Washington Post Stormi’s efforts are “amazing” in an interview.
A 2013 file photo shows the delicious Girl Scouts cookies. The organization’s inclusive policies for transgender girls has drawn controversy.
“She decided to donate boxes to something close to her heart — which is foster care,” Strobel said. “She took something that wasn’t so pleasant and she turned it into a positive experience.”
For her part, Stormi told BuzzFeed she plans to donate the delicious treats to foster kids in her area every year. Her online store will remain open until mid-March.
“I want kids like me to know they are perfect just the way they are,” she said. “There are people all over the world that love you. Never give up because it does get better.”
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