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Boy Scouts Gay Policy

Boy Scouts Maintains Gay Ban, But Accepts Convicted Criminals

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Boy Scouts of America might be adamantly against including gay members, but convicted criminals are another story. The Human Rights Campaign r...

The Boy Scouts And 'Interest Convergence'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why, after reaffirming its ban on gay, bisexual and transgender scouts and scout leaders just last year, is the Boy Scouts of America even considering a reversal? Quite simply, its policies have placed it on the endangered organizations list.

Debunking The Boy Scouts Of America's Homophobic Logic

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh A. Goodman

The decision to allow openly gay scouts, or at least to allow local councils to allow gay scouts, shouldn't be a hard one. Ultimately, the BSA's own justifications for its anti-gay policy simply don't hold water. Here's a step-by-step breakdown.

Religious Sponsors Loom Large In Boy Scouts' Policy Debate

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The decision by Boy Scouts of America to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an "outpouring of feedback." Much of t...

The Boy Scouts Deserve More Than a Copout

James_Dale | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

After investing my youth in scouting, I was ejected from their ranks and my Eagle Scout badge was revoked because I'd come out as gay at 19 years old. I challenged this decision, and a decade later a divided Supreme Court sided with the Boy Scouts. I always knew it was a Pyrrhic victory.

Bad News for the Right: There Already Are Gays in the Boy Scouts

Drew Courtney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Drew Courtney

Regardless of its history of discrimination, it turns out that Scouting has equipped a growing cadre of gay men with the integrity to stand up for equality, and equipped our straight brothers with the loyalty to take a vocal role in the fight.

WATCH: Zach Wahls Slams Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy, Right Wing Pundit

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Iowa student whose impassioned marriage equality plea became YouTube's most-watched political video of 2011 after going viral twice sounded off on...

Emily Swanson

Poll Reveals What Americans Think About Boy Scouts' Gay Ban | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Following on the heels of a Boy Scouts of America announcement that the group is reconsidering its longtime ban on gay members, a plurality of America...

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.

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 ...

Boy Scouts Lose Another Major Corporate Sponsor After Re-Affirming Gay Ban

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have lost yet another corporate sponsor angered by the organization's stance on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transge...

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.

If Augusta National Can Welcome Women, Why Can't Boy Scouts Welcome Gay People?

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Siebold

The Boy Scouts of America claim to be "one of the nation's most prominent values-based organizations." My critical-thinking question is: What kind of values are they teaching our kids if they are discriminating against gay people?

Sending My Eagle Scout Badge Back

Bruce Watson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Queer 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.

To Honor, Or Not, The Scouts

Lisa Gray | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa Gray

Because some of my husband's fondest boyhood memories come from his years within the Boy Scouts program, and because my son is currently a Cub Scout, we have sent yearly checks supporting the organization. But this year has been different.

They'll Be Loyal Scouts

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Why My Son Can't Be A Boy Scout

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

Boy Scout Booted From Summer Camp For Being Gay

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A 19-year-old Boy Scout has been axed from his position as a summer camp counselor after revealing that he is gay. The Daily News reports that Eri...

It’s Time For The Boy Scouts Of America To Respect All Mothers

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

Last month, the Boy Scouts of America notified me that I would no longer be allowed to serve as leader of my son's Scouts troop, because I'm gay and pose a "distraction" to the Scouts' core values. This Mother's Day, I have a message for the Boy Scouts: I am a mother, not a distraction.

James Beard Foundation President Returns Award To Boy Scouts

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It takes a person of great integrity to make a decision like that. Thank you, Susan Ungaro, for standing up to bigotry.