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Boy Scouts Anti Gay Policy

Is Sexual Preference a Choice?

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay 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 07.29.2015 | Gay 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 Scouts President Calls For End To Ban On Gay Adult Members

AP | DAVID CRARY and JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on partici...

Boy Scout Finds Eagle Badge Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay 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 07.08.2014 | Gay 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. ...

Seattle Church's Support Of Gay Boy Scout Leader Prompts Troop Ban

AP | PHUONG LE | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the...

Boy Scouts Sever Ties With Seattle Church Over Openly Gay Scoutmaster

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay 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 04.21.2014 | Gay 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 ...

Boy Scouts Removes Gay Troop Leader In Seattle

AP | PHUONG LE | Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation. ...

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

Posted 03.14.2014 | Gay 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....

Only 'Morally Straight' Members Are Allowed In This Boy Scouts Rival Group

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) — Chatting in the living room one night, Ron Orr gave his 15-year-old son Andrew a choice: He could stick with the ...

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

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay 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 ...

MAJOR Corporation Yanks Boy Scouts Funding Over Gay Ban

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on g...

Has The Boy Scouts' Gay Vote Had Any Impact?

AP | JOHN RABY | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. -- Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue...

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

Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay 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 05.29.2013 | Gay 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 07.28.2013 | Gay 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 07.28.2013 | Gay 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 07.24.2013 | Gay 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?

No Reprieve For Boy Scouts Despite Gay Youth Vote

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices

-- The Boy Scouts of America will get no reprieve from controversy after a contentious vote to accept openly gay boys as Scouts. Dismayed conservati...

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

Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay 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 05.24.2013 | Gay 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 07.23.2013 | Gay 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 07.22.2013 | Gay 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.