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LGBT Mormons See Church's Stance On Gay Boy Scout Leaders As Another (Tiny) Step Forward

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

The Mormon church is sticking with the Boy Scouts of America -- just as long as it is still able to ban gay adults from leadership positions...

Mormon Church Sticks With The Boy Scouts But Still Will Ban Gay Troop Leaders

Salt Lake Tribune | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – The Boy Scouts of America isn’t going to lose its largest sponsor after all. The LDS Church announced Wednesday (Aug. 26)...

Colorado Politician Thinks Homosexuality And Pedophilia Are Evidence Of 'Demons' At Work

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices

Gordon Klingenschmitt, the former Navy chaplain turned Republican state representative who has continually made headlines for his right...

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.

I Am A Gay Scoutmaster, And I Can Finally Be Myself

Ryan Scott | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Ryan Scott

I am an Eagle Scout, and I am the Scoutmaster of Troop 179 in Springfield, OR, and I happen to be gay. For the first time in my 18 years in scouting, I can truly be myself.

Colorado Politician Thinks Boy Scouts' New Policy Will Cause Boys To Be Molested

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.28.2015 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America's decision to end its controversial ban on openly gay leaders isn't setting well with Colorado Rep. Gordon Kl...

Why the Boy Scouts New Policy on Gays Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

By allowing the religiously-affiliated troops to still ban gay adults, the BSA is making a religious exemption seem like a reasonable compromise when in fact it is allowing the very people who would discriminate to keep discriminating.

Boy Scouts End Ban On Gay Adults

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 07.28.2015 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to lift a long-established ban on gay adults  as employees and volunteers within the organizatio...

Boy Scouts of America Deserves Condemnation -- Not Praise

Peter McGraith | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter McGraith

Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.

Your Bigotry Threatens Children, Not My Homosexuality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Some conservative political leaders want you to believe that gay men are a threat to children. They choose to turn away from actual problems facing kids in American schools. In doing so, they are perpetuating the obstacles that LGBT youth must face every day.

Scott Walker Supports Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Adults Because It 'Protects' Children

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices

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Let's Be Clear: Gay Men Are Not Child Molesters and Should Serve as Boy Scout Leaders

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

In 2014, the Boy Scouts of America finally began to allow openly gay youths into its organization. As of today, no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. It was a great victory indeed.

Lifting Ban On Gay Boy Scout Leaders Would Lead To 'Emasculation Of Our Culture,' Right-Wing Pundit Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices

LGBT advocacy groups have been quick to praise Boy Scouts National President Robert Gates, who called for an end to his organization's ban on gay adul...

Bill De Blasio: 'Lift The Ban' On Gay Scout Leaders

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) took to Twitter on Thursday to encourage the Boy Scouts of America to lift the group’s ban on gay scout leade...

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.

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well, Are You Throwing Away 40 Percent of It?

Erica Wides | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Erica Wides

I'm not a sports fan. I just don't really get the whole organized, professional sports team thing, the fanaticism, caring who wins what, when, by how ...

Making A Difference: The World of Giving: Don't Judge a Book (or a Volunteer Opportunity) By Its Cover

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

With National Volunteer Week starting today (April 12), it is important to remember all the things volunteers do.

John Whitehead: A Life of Integrity, Service and Kindness

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

One of America's great heroes and advocates for at-risk youth died a few weeks ago, on a Saturday afternoon in New York City. John C. Whitehead had lived a full life, passing away at 92 years old.

Kids Make an Elephant-Sized Impact on Conservation

John F. Calvelli | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

If you ask almost anyone involved in the conservation movement for the main reason why they fight to save endangered wildlife, they will often mention their children or the need to save threatened species for future generations.

Support Pours In For Family Of Boy Scout Who Accidentally Hanged Himself

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact

An Alabama town is uniting in support of the family of a 9-year-old boy who accidentally hanged himself on Friday. The child, who was discovered by...

Cub Scout Decision: To Join This "Great Organization", or Not to Join This "Homophobic Relic"?

Rick Penn-Kraus | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Rick Penn-Kraus

Where else do boys get to do so many things, in such a positive way, with their parents? There are many opportunities out there for boys, but relatively few that provide such a well-rounded, positive, and generally non-competitive atmosphere on a regular basis throughout the year.

10 Internet Petitions That Helped The Little Guy Beat The System

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Shopping for presents, finding a great restaurant, binge-watching TV shows -- in many ways, the Internet has made life simpler with just a few clicks....

Sending Harvey Milk Throughout the Planet

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As marginalized people, we are pushing the boundaries unwilling any longer to accept the repressive status quo. In coalition with other disenfranchised groups and allies, we are refusing to buckle under and to assimilate into a corrupt system.