This week, a 9-year-old transgender Girl Scout showed the world what grace in the face of adversity looks like.
Stormi was selling cookies as part of the Girl Scouts of America’s annual fundraiser, BuzzFeed reports. When she went to one neighbor’s house, the man who answered the door barked, “Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.”
The Herrin, Ill. native wasn’t deterred. She set up a website where people could purchase cookies from her online. Pretty soon, she had surpassed her goal of selling more than 2,000 boxed of Girl Scout cookies.
“I have learned that even though people can be mean I shouldn’t give up!” Stormi wrote on the site.
Meanwhile, Stormi’s foster mother, Kim, shared the story of their experience in an online forum for parents of transgender children. After Stormi’s story went viral, two New York-based improv artists, Lauren and Caitlin, agreed to give a free ticket to their Jan. 29 performance of DATEprov to anyone with proof of purchase showing they had bought cookies from the girl’s site. Stormi’s sales exceeded 4,000 boxes.
“This is something I have been trying to instill in her for years,” said Kim. “How worthy she is; who she is is OK. For her to be able to read all these messages that people are sending from around the world to support her, the love is just overwhelming.”
Stormi is enjoying her success — and her momentary visibility to convey a message important to her.
“I want kids like me to know they are perfect just the way they are,” she told Buzzfeed. “There are people all over the world that love you. Never give up because it does get better.”
The cookies are on sale through mid-March. Click here to visit Stormi’s page.
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