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Boy Scouts Anti Gay Policy

Is Sexual Preference a Choice?

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 07.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Craig E. Sherman

If as a society, we accept homosexuality, then naturally, we must afford all individuals with equal rights and privileges, regardless if they freely choose a gay lifestyle or if they are compelled by genetic disposition. So why do we continue to avoid answering the fundamental question in favor of the question of genetics?

Pity the Privileged

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

The idea that the majority is under attack is reinforcing to anyone who stands on the brink of losing unearned privileges they have long taken for granted. It hurts to be taken down a peg, to discover you're no better, no more deserving, than anyone else. Better to lash out, mobilize the masses. Misdirect them at an imagined enemy. Anything to maintain that privilege.

Boy Scout Finds Eagle Badge Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacqueline Edelberg

After 15-year-old David Fite tied the last piece into an expert bowline -- arguably the strongest knot with the least stress to the lead line -- the only thing standing between the boy and his lifelong dream of becoming an Eagle Scout was a rainbow.

After The Boy Scouts Taught This Man 'How To Be Gay,' He Created A New Series

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A new web series aims to put a creative spin on the controversy surrounding the Boy Scouts of America's stance on gay participants and other issues. ...

Boy Scouts Sever Ties With Seattle Church Over Openly Gay Scoutmaster

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have revoked the charter of Seattle's Rainier Beach United Methodist Church after the parish made headlines for standi...

Church Vows To Stand Behind Ousted Gay Boy Scout Troop Leader

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Officials at a church in Washington state have vowed to stand behind a member who was recently banned from serving as the leader of a local Boy Scout ...

Scout Group Official Won't 'Tolerate' Gays Because They Are 'Intolerant"

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The founder of a controversial anti-gay scouting alternative to the Boy Scouts of America said his youth group will not "tolerate" openly gay members....

Disney World Reportedly Won't Donate To Boy Scouts Over Gay Stance

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Walt Disney World has reportedly opted to sever local support of the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's controversial stance on openly gay ...

Boy Scouts 'Torn Up' For Gay Kids Who Want To 'Do Sex' With Each Other, Pundit Claims

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) controversial decision to admit openly gay youths isn't sitting too well with Pat Robertson. On "The 700 Club," ...

Alabama Pastor Won't Host Boy Scouts In The Wake Of Gay Policy Amendment

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to lift its controversial ban on gay youth participants has received praise and criticism in equal measure,...

Why the Safest Scoutmasters Are Out Scoutmasters

Mark Olmsted | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Olmsted

The last thing a pedophile would admit to voluntarily is being attracted to boys, but a scoutmaster who has declared himself openly gay is the antithesis of a liar. If you want to guarantee that you're not hiring a pedophile, the answer you should be looking for to "are you a homosexual?" is "yes."

Boy Scouts of America Make a Historic Decision... Now It's Time to Allow LGBT Adult Leaders!

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

The BSA knows that their policy change regarding gay scouts is simply not good enough. I'm asking them to allow LGBT parents like me to participate in their children's lives. Just because the BSA has the legal right to deny LGBT people membership doesn't mean that it is morally right.

Yes, the Boy Scouts' Decision Is a Victory

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

I thought it would be self-evident that the end of a 103-year-old ban on gay youth in a group that's a cultural touchstone of American life is something to applaud, affirm and even celebrate. Judging by the reaction from some members of the LGBT community, though, it appears I was wrong.

Where Girls Grow Strong -- and Boy Scouts Follow

Alex Palombo | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Alex Palombo

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?

Dad Vows To Yank Sons Out Of Boy Scouts After Organization Drops Gay Ban

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

An outspoken supporter of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on gay participants has vowed to withdraw his own sons out of the scouting organizatio...

Boy Scouts To Allow Gay Youths

The Associated Press | By DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Boy Scouts of America have reportedly voted 61-38 to allow gay Scouts. According to multiple media sources, the scouting organization has chos...

Gay Activists Rally Ahead Of Boy Scouts' Ban Vote

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Marice Richter GRAPEVINE, Texas, May 22 (Reuters) - Gay rights activists and members of conservative groups gathered in the Texas t...

Scout's Honor? What Congress Could Learn From the BSA

Patrick Flanary | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Patrick Flanary

This week the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will vote to recommend including gay scouts while excluding gay adult leaders. That the BSA is even considering a reversal of its ban on gay scouts reflects our country's evolution on LGBT equality over the last 12 months.

Boy Scout Troop Will Allow Gays

East Hampton Patch | Paul Petrone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

MILFORD, CT - The Boy Scouts of America's Connecticut Yankee Council, which runs camps in several towns and has members from dozens more communities, ...

Another Glitch in Boy Scouts' Proposed Gay Policy

Win Bassett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Win Bassett

Most of the conversation has focused on the double standard of refusing membership to openly homosexual adults as leaders. However, there hasn't been any discussion about another qualifier in the proposed language -- "alone."

Dear Boy Scouts, Being Straight Doesn't Make You 'Morally Straight'!

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

The Boy Scouts of America tries to pretend that LGBT people aren't morally straight. That's the entire basis for keeping us out of scouting. Well, I have news for them: There's a long list of straight people who've been involved in scouting who are not morally straight.

LOOK: Right-Wing Pundit Links Gays With Pedophiles In Boy Scout Illustration

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A controversial Christian radio host summed up his stance on the Boy Scouts of America's controversial anti-gay policy with a single image. The Li...

Support For Gay Marriage, Ending Boy Scout Ban On Gays Surges In U.S.

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Support for gay rights -- from ending the controversial ban on gay participants in Boy Scouts to legalizing same-sex marriage -- is surging throughout...

LOOK: Father-Son Soldier Duo Hits The Road To End Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have yet to make a final decision on whether to amend their controversial ban on gay participants, but that hasn't sto...

The Real Reason For The Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Scout Leaders?

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Phillip M. Miner

After the latest Boy Scouts news, it dawned on me that there might be something fundamentally different about straight men's sexuality. I'm not talking about the whole being-sexually-attracted-to-women thing. I'm talking about some darker, more shameful secret that no one ever mentions.