TYFA Press Release Re: Girls Scouts January 27 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, January 27, 2012
Shannon Garcia, Board President
TransYouth Family Allies Announces Nationwide Girl Scout Cookie Drive
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 27, 2012) TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA), a national education and advocacy organization working to empower transgender youth and families, is proud to announce a nationwide girl scout cookie drive to support Bobby Montoya and her newly formed Girl Scout Troop in Denver, Colorado.
Bobby, a 7-year-old transgender girl from Denver, Colorado, garnered national media attention late last year after joining a local girl scout troop. After members from the local community expressed discomfort with her membership, Girl Scouts of Colorado released a statement supporting the young girl, saying: “If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.”
“We applaud Girl Scouts of Colorado for their progressive and inclusive policies that allow all girls to serve their communities and learn important life skills,” said TYFA Board President Shannon Garcia. “We are proud to help Bobby and these young girls actualize their hopes and dreams.”
“TYFA has a long history of supporting transgender youth and families,” said TYFA Executive Director Kim Pearson. “We are standing with Bobby and her family to make sure that she, like many young girls across the country, has the opportunity to take full advantage of the wonderful life lessons the Girls Scouts provide.”
Any donations made online will go toward cookies that will be distributed to their hometown charity, Mount Saint Vincent Home, which has assisted more than 18,000 abused and neglected Colorado children since 1883. Proceeds will also go to Boots on the Ground, which distributes Girl Scout Cookies to active-duty military servicemembers.
To donate to Bobby’s troop and support Girl Scouts, abused and neglected children, and American servicemembers, please visit the TYFA website: http://imatyfa.org/girlscouts.
TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) is a national nonprofit that empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. To learn more, please visit the TYFA website at www.imatyfa.org or call 1-888-IMA-TYFA.