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Faulty Heuristics Govern BSA's Decision on Gays

Deborah Plummer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Deborah Plummer

Ultimately, the Boy Scouts of America is a private organization and has the right to define its own membership. However, they should be very careful about defining moral behavior as synonymous with a heterosexual orientation and banning gay adult leaders.

Some Truths Take Time, for The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Everyone Else

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Most of us in the LGBT community know that "some truths take time." They take time for others to accept and then finally, affirm, but, most importantly, they take time to germinate within us and grow so that we can accept ourselves and then affirm ourselves to others.

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 Got Mormon Support To Drop Gay Ban For Shocking Reason, Says Pundit

Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer suggested the Boy Scouts of America be re-named the "Boy Sodomizers of America" after the organization...

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.

An Eagle Scout Turns In His Badge

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

A few months ago, a young adult friend of mine called me to tell me that he had returned his Eagle Scout badge because he could no longer support an organization that rejected gay scouts and gay troop leaders. He just wanted me, the mom of a gay son, to know that.

So It Ain't Perfect, But the BSA Stood With the Angels on Thursday

Michael Lindenberger | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Lindenberger

BSA's has decided to alter its long-standing position about gays in Scouting. Yesterday was a momentous day. Here are some of the thoughts that this gay former scout had:

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...

Boy Scouts Decision - This Isn't Victory

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

Was it a major victory that the Boy Scouts of America voted to set an age limit on its discrimination or was it an outrageously offensive compromise?

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...

Scouts Are Now 'Boy Sodomizers of America,' Says Right-Wing Pundit

Posted 05.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay Scouts has generated a divided response from parents and other officials. Not surprisingl...

Perry On Boy Scouts Lifting Gay Ban: 'I Am Greatly Disappointed'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) expressed his disapproval of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay youths on Thursday, Pegasus News reports. ...

The Boy Scouts: Demonizing Gay Men, Empowering Bashers on the Streets

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Continuing to ban lesbian den mothers and gay scoutmasters is sending a horrible message to American youth, including the scouts, gay and straight. The Boy Scouts of America made this change to take some of the heat off, and no matter what equality advocates hope for, that will happen.

The Boy Scouts' Half-Measure May Hasten the End of Discrimination

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Dan Kennedy

With the BSA finally dragging itself into the late 20th century, can the 21st be far behind? The answer, I hope, is that the time to end discrimination has arrived. But it isn't going to be accomplished without a lot of strife.

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...

WATCH: Gay Teen Gets Kicked Out Of Boy Scouts After Coming Out

Posted 05.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Amateur footage that reportedly shows a gay teen being kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) after he came out to a scouting official is makin...

Boy Scouts To Vote On Allowing Gay Members

AP | DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

By DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT, The Associated Press GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- The Boy Scouts of America's national leadership will vote Thursda...

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.

Boy Scout Troop Will Allow Gays

East Hampton Patch | Paul Petrone | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay 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, ...

Oprah's Psych Guru Supports Ending Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

One of the most popular talk show hosts in America, Dr. Phil has voiced his support of ending the gay ban in the Boy Scouts with this tweet he sent ou...

Another Glitch in Boy Scouts' Proposed Gay Policy

Win Bassett | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay 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."

Gay Boy Scouts Employee: I'm Living A Lie

time.com | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices

I am a full-time paid professional employee of the Boy Scouts of America. I am also gay. ...