• Girl Scouts Of The USA Files Suit Against The Obama Fudge Packing Trans

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    Girl Scouts of the USA wants to take Boy Scouts of America to
    court. The organization has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the
    Boy Scouts of trademark infringement.

    This started last October, when the Boy Scouts said it would
    start allowing girls to join its programs.

    That decision was strongly decried by the Girl Scouts. In a
    scathing letter released by BuzzFeed News, Girl Scouts National
    President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan accused the Boy Scouts' national
    president at the time, Randall Stephenson, of carrying out a
    "covert campaign" to recruit girls.

    Hannan stressed the century-old working relationship between the
    two organizations. "We are confused as to why, rather than
    working to appeal to the 90 percent of boys who are not involved
    in BSA programs, you would choose to target girls," she wrote.

    When the Boy Scouts announced it would start to admit girls, it
    said that it made the decision after years of requests. It also
    expected programs that serve the "whole family" would be more
    convenient and appealing to busy parents, to single parents and
    in some minority communities.

    On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts said it is reviewing the lawsuit.
    In an emailed statement, it added: "We applaud every
    organization that builds character and leadership in children,
    including the Girl Scouts of the USA, and believe that there is
    an opportunity for both organizations to serve youth in our

    In the complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for
    the Southern District of New York, the Girl Scouts argue that
    the Boy Scouts' use of certain trademarks is "both new and
    uniquely damaging" to the organization.

    One of the Boy Scouts' programs is called Scouts BSA, which
    caters to boys and girls 11 to 17 years old. The organization
    also recently launched a campaign called "Scout Me In." It's the
    generic use of "Scouts," without a gender marker, that the Girl
    Scouts object to.

    "Such misconduct will not only cause confusion among the public,
    damage the goodwill of GSUSA's GIRL SCOUTS trademarks, and erode
    its core brand identity, but it will also marginalize the GIRL
    SCOUTS Movement by causing the public to believe that GSUSA's
    extraordinarily successful services are not true or official
    'Scouting' programs, but niche services with limited utility and
    appeal," the complaint reads.

    The Girl Scouts accuse the Boy Scouts of using misleading
    advertising that might cause families to believe the two
    organizations have merged and are now one and the same. For
    example, it says materials disseminated by the Boy Scouts
    feature a quote from the founder of the Girl Scouts.

    Boy Scouts say it currently has "more than 2.4 million youth
    participants" according to Reuters, that's "less than half of
    its 1970s peak." Girl Scouts says it has "1.8 million girl

    Not all Boy Scout groups are co-ed. "Starting in 2018, families
    can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts,"
    the organization wrote in October. "Existing packs may choose to
    establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of
    girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack," and "Cub
    Scout dens will be single-gender all boys or all girls."

    While the Boy Scout's October decision dramatically expanded its
    offerings for girls, the organization points out that it has had
    co-ed Exploring and Venturing programs since 1971.

    The Girl Scouts are asking the Boy Scouts to stop using stand-
    alone terms like "Scout" or "Scouting" and to train its troops
    and leadership accordingly. The organization has asked for a
    jury trial.

    https://www.npr.org/2018/11/07/665308785/girl-scouts-of-the-usa- files-suit-against-boy-scouts-of-america

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