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Confessions Of A Gay Boy Scout

Perry Brass | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Perry Brass

I had my first crush on a boy at summer scout camp when I was 11. I didn't even know it was a crush, but I loved meeting him in the woods, where we'd hike together, talk about school and smile a lot. It was wonderful; I can still remember what he looked like.

Scouting Tolerance

Rek LeCounte | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rek LeCounte

If the Boy Scouts decide to shed their national requirement to exclude gays, there will not necessarily be a sudden, massive change-of-heart within the ranks. What will matter is that fewer members will be rejected for being who they are.

The Party Isn't Over, But It's Well Past Midnight for Homophobia in America

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Besen

The problem that Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and other culture warriors are encountering is that each day fewer people believe their hyperbolic and hyperventilating warnings about LGBT people.

Gay Eagle Scout Challenges Nat Geo On Boy Scouts Reality Show And BSA's Anti-Gay Policy

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

Will recently started a petition asking Nat Geo to add a disclaimer to Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? stating their disagreement with the BSA's anti-gay policies. I had a chance to speak with Will recently, and I asked him a few questions.

Tuesday's Religion Headlines

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

American Catholics and Protestants come to a major agreement, Sin City apparently is also megachurch city, gay and atheists in the Boy Scouts, plus God and the Super Bowl in today's religion reads.

WATCH: Bryan Fischer Hurls Horrific Anti-Gay Rant At The Boy Scouts

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In what just might be the week's least surprising (but nonetheless infuriating) news, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer slammed the Boy ...

Religious Right, Anti-Gay Pundits Slam Boy Scouts' Potential Policy Shift

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

It seems not everyone is pleased by the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to re-consider its controversial ban on gay participants. A number ...

Boy Scouts Consider Dropping Gay Ban: Report

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Just days after a Maryland-based Cub Scout pack was forced to back down on a non-discriminatory pledge because of a reference to sexual orientation, t...

Boy Scout Group Drops Gay-Inclusive Pledge After Threats From Regional Council

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A Maryland-based Cub Scout pack has backed down on its non-discriminatory pledge toward gay participants after pressure from its regional council. ...

Boy Scout Reality Series Deemed Anti-Gay 'Marketing Ploy' By LGBT Activists

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The forthcoming National Geographic series "Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?" is generating a lot of heat in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend...

Scout's Honor

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

"Am I in trouble?" my 8-year-old son asked with a sigh when my husband and I surrounded him on the couch one recent afternoon. We assured him no. "There's just something on our minds," I said. "Something important we want to discuss with you."

The Empty Words of the Boy Scout Law

Howard Sherman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Howard Sherman

Trustworthy? Loyal? Helpful? Friendly? Courteous? Kind? I don't think so. I think the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America has abandoned its right...

Group Dumps UPS For Severing Boy Scouts Funding In Wake Of Anti-Gay Controversy

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

UPS's decision to sever corporate donations to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in protest of the scouting organization's anti-gay stance pleased a num...

Honoring the True Principles of the Boy Scouts

Gavin Newsom | Posted 02.09.2013 | San Francisco
Gavin Newsom

The Boy Scouts of America are simply standing on the wrong side of history. And in doing so, the Boy Scouts are hurting the very people that it aims to serve: the young men who participate in scout programs.

Verizon Urged To Halt Boy Scouts' Donations Over Anti-Gay Policy

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A newly-launched petition is urging Verizon to follow in the footsteps of UPS and the Intel Foundation in withdrawing corporate sponsorship...

Boy Scouts Lose Major Corporate Donor Over Anti-Gay Policy

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

More bad news for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), as a major donor has announced plans to sever funding to the organization on account of a controver...

Scout's Honor: An Eagle Scout And His Father Offer Their Perspective On BSA's Anti-Gay Policy

Randy Neece | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randy Neece

The Boy Scouts of America have denied 17-year-old Ryan Andresen his Eagle pin because he came out as gay. My nephew Matt received his Eagle pin about 10 years ago, and his father Jeff, my brother-in-law, was a troop leader. I was curious about where Matt and Jeff stood on the issue.

Not The Boy Scouts Of My America

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Bolton-Fasman

It's time that we did more than sign Karen Andresen's petition to protest the recalcitrant Boy Scouts of America. Until the BSA changes its anti-gay, anti-humane policy, no synagogue, church or school should sponsor a Boy Scout troop.

An Alternative, Inclusive Scouting Organization

David Atchley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Atchley

After becoming a father and reflecting on my own Scouting background and values, I started to re-evaluate the BSA program as something I wanted to be involved in with my children.

Boy Scouts Of America Continue To Support A 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy Of Their Own

Pete Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Pete Mason

I am now and always will be proud of my Eagle Scout award and my time spent scouting, but I am purely ashamed of the organization that bestowed the award upon me.

Gay Teen Refused Eagle Scout Award Because Of His Sexuality

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A mother of a gay teen says her son was denied his Eagle Scout award because of his sexuality. High school senior Ryan Andresen recently completed ...

The Boy Scouts, Gays and Parental Responsibility

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Geoffrey R. Stone

If parents who condemn discrimination permit their children to participate in the Boy Scouts, I can assure them that not too many years in the future their children will look back and say, "What the hell were you thinking?"

Boy Scouts Lose Largest Corporate Donor Over Anti-Gay Policy

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Since July, when the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, the Scouts -- and organizations that give to it -- have come under...

How the Boy Scouts Made Me a Better Business Person

Gene Marks | Posted 11.21.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The Boy Scouts of America gets nothing but bad press. And most of it is deserved. What's a shame is that these actions hide the fact that the Boy Scouts is a great organization.

Redefining a Scout's Honor

Rod Roddenberry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rod Roddenberry

In a world where diversity isn't simply tolerated but valued as an integral part of what sets our species apart as well as evidence of our evolution, organizations that display intolerance or discriminate for congenital traits would find themselves out of step with society.