My time in Girl Scouts has not come without its challenges. As a young adult, I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder. After 36 surgeries, I rely on a wheelchair -- but this has never stopped me.
I am extremely proud to be a member of my fire department. The work challenges me physically, emotionally and cognitively. It is deeply satisfying. Shouldn't a career like this be open to any man or woman who wants to pursue it?
This year, the Girl Scouts of the USA have gone digital. Girl Scouts can now control all aspects of cookie sales completely online. Young Scouts have the ability to track orders, handle money, and communicate with buyers through a digital platform.
By barring LGBT adults from participating in scouting, the Boy Scouts of America are allowing LGBT youth but giving them no LGBT role models to look up to. How wonderful would it be for a scout who is LGBT to have a successful and strong den leader who is just like them?
So there's no doubt about it: Girl Scouts sell a ton of cookies each year, but that's really not their most important product. Girl power is, and if you're familiar at all with the Girl Scout program, you know there's plenty of this to go around.
Thanks to skills I've developed from selling Girl Scout Cookies, I have learned how to manage my money. I've been able to decide how to better use my babysitting money, for example; spending some while saving some.
As a gay father, I have the right to speak to my children about opposite-sex attraction before they ever hear anything about it in the big scary world. If we are going to be completely fair, I think that heterosexual men and boys should be denied entrance to the Boy Scouts as well.
Real evil abounds in our world each day, and most of us are doing our level best to relieve the pain of evil's fallout. Faith leaders should support the good people who work hard to make a positive difference for children in this very imperfect world.
If you really care about the health of girls and seeing girls make healthy choices, buy some Girl Scout cookies. You never know. You may just end up purchasing a box from your future member of Congress or your future president.