Stormi is a nine-year-old girl; and a Girl Scout. And so, as Girl Scout’s do, she was selling cookies because she likes it and because, as she says, cookies “make people smile.” But not everyone was smiling, because Stormi is transgender, and as she was going door-to-door in her neighborhood, one man turned her down flat, saying:
“Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.”
Yeah. And that made Stormi sad because she’s a girl. It also made her mad, and so she found a way to shut down her bully and sell more than 3,000 boxes of cookies. She sold her cookies through the Girl Scout’s online site, Digital Cookies, last week and gave people the option of having her deliver them in person. And as news spread about Stormi, folks took notice.
A comedy duo out of New York gave anyone who bought cookies from Stormi free admission to their show; a California multimedia musical, 35MM: A Musical Exhibition, donated a box of cookies to everyone who bought a ticket. An LGBTQ support group in Idaho, Idaho Falls Gender Community, ordered all their cookies from Stormi.
Stormi’s project ended over the weekend. But she wasn’t quite done. She also bought, and donated Girl Scout Cookies to the Illinois foster care system — she is a foster child herself — so those kids could have cookies.
“I want kids like me to know they are perfect just the way they are. There are people all over the world that love you. Never give up because it does get better. [And] I have learned that even though people can be mean I shouldn’t give up!”
Never give up, Stormi, because for every door slammed in your face, there’s an open one waiting.
Good for her; good for her mother for helping her; and good for the Girl Scouts who have always been an inclusive group, and very supportive of the LGBTQ community.
In 2015, a Girl Scout troop in Washington was handed a $100,000 donation — with the caveat that the girls not use the money to support transgender children.