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

Randy Neece | Posted 12.16.2012 | Gay 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 12.12.2012 | Gay 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 12.10.2012 | Gay 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 12.09.2012 | Gay 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 10.08.2012 | Gay 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 12.05.2012 | Gay 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 09.24.2012 | Gay 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 11.11.2012 | Gay 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.

Sending My Eagle Scout Badge Back

Bruce Watson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Bruce Watson

Last week I decided to send my Eagle Scout medal back to the Boy Scouts of America in protest of their policy on homosexuality. The irony is that the Boy Scouts constantly emphasized tolerance and inclusion.

Eagles for Equality

David Colarusso | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
David Colarusso

The BSA's current policy is a variant of "don't ask, don't tell." We no longer live in that world. Many things have changed since 2000, not only the sentiments of the American people but the ways in which we organize.

Obama Makes Bold Statement On Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama expressed his opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's reaffirmation of its policy of excluding gays on Wednesday. The pres...

The Boy Scouts And Penn State

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Christopher Atamian

The recent decision by the Boy Scouts to reaffirm their ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters from participating in any part of their organization was disheartening; the NCAA's tough stance on Penn State's football program was more welcome.

They'll Be Loyal Scouts

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 10.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Imagine if we could turn the Chick-fil-A outrage toward organizations that matter more. Our attention should be focused squarely on organizations that discriminate against our LGBT youth, chiefly the Boy Scouts of America.

Romney Reaffirms Position On Boy Scouts Gay Ban

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- For the physician in Illinois, the attorney in Kentucky, the arts editor in Oregon, their Eagle Scout medals were treasured reminders of y...

Oak Park Eagle Scout Returns Medal To Protest Gay Ban

Posted 07.31.2012 | Chicago

An Oak Park man says he's proud of the Eagle Scout badge he earned, but not of the organization's reaffirmed stance banning openly gay boys and men fr...

Gays, Gods and Boy Scouts

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Christopher Brauchli

Heaven only knows what things would change if the Scouts were now to admit gays and atheists. The answer might well be -- nothing.

Why My Son Can't Be A Boy Scout

Amelia | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices

Soon his friends will be Cub Scouts, and he may come to me and ask to join. Then Bruce and I will have the unpleasant task of sitting a little boy down and figuring out the least painful way of saying, "Baby, they don't want you." And my little boy will know firsthand what discrimination is.

Teaching Tolerance to Boy Scouts

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Bennett L. Gershman

What kind of message is communicated by the ignorant and intolerant actions of the BSA leaders? If these youngsters happen to ask questions, how do adults respond? What do their parents tell them?

An Eagle Scout No More: Why I'm Sending My Badge Back to Boy Scouts of America

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 09.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Timmerman

I was proud to be an Eagle Scout, but now I'm turning in my Eagle Scout badge. Seriously. I'm mailing it to the Boys Scouts of America with this post and I encourage other Eagle scouts to do the same.

Know Thine Enemy: The Worst Anti-LGBT Moments Of The Week July 16 -- 22

Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Every weekend we bring you a round up of either the best LGBT moments from the week before -- our Something To Celebrate series -- or, as you'll see b...

Eagle Scout Returns Badge To Boy Scouts In Protest Of Group's Anti-Gay Policy

Posted 07.20.2012 | Gay Voices

A letter penned by a former Eagle Scout who returned his badge to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in an act of protest against the organization's deci...

Bully Scouts of America: How Anti-Gay Scout Policy Harms Youth

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

In reexamining their policy about gay scouts, the Boy Scouts had an opportunity to affirm the Scouts as a place where boys can be valued for being themselves.

Michelangelo Signorile: Maybe Progressive Boys Should Join Girl Scouts Instead

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.19.2012 | Gay Voices

At a time when so many facets of American culture are moving forward to embrace gay rights -- the government, corporations, musicians, social organiza...

A Gay Father's Response to the Boy Scouts of America: You Haven't Gone Far Enough

William Dameron | Posted 09.17.2012 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

As a gay father, I have the right to speak to my children about opposite-sex attraction before they ever hear anything about it in the big scary world. If we are going to be completely fair, I think that heterosexual men and boys should be denied entrance to the Boy Scouts as well.