Girl Guides not only tolerates gay folks but specifically enshrines equality for all in their mission statement. They clearly say that they will:
Treat Members, volunteers, employees and Members’ families fairly, knowing that GGC does not tolerate unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical ability, political beliefs, socio-economic status, health-related status, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other grounds enumerated in the human rights legislation of the jurisdiction in which the individuals involved are located.
Seems pretty conclusive to me. I was also pleased to note that their Promise was entirely free of worship and supplication.
I Promise to do my best,
To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada
I will take action for a better world
And respect the Brownie Law
The Guiding Law challenges me to:
- be honest and trustworthy
- use my resources wisely
- respect myself and others
- recognize and use my talents and abilities
- protect our common environment
- live with courage and strength
- share in the sisterhood of Guiding.
Honesty, wisdom, respect, achievement, environmentalism, courage, and sharing seem like a pretty great set of guidelines. All in all the Girl Guides impressed me. I was kind of expecting to have all sorts of righteous indignation and to have to hold my nose while Elli went to Guides but honestly I can't find fault with their policies in the slightest. I wonder how much of the fact that the Girl Guides are less prejudiced than the Boy Scouts is due to the fact that they were explicitly founded to serve a marginalized group. Some groups manage to escape the clutches of their beginnings and some do not; much like people in that regard.
Quotes taken from http://www.girlguides.ca/