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Coming Out In The Midst Of The Orlando Massacre

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 06.18.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

Last year, as I talked about the Boy Scouts’ LGBT policy change on several television and radio programs, the one thing I didn’t talk about was fe...

Learn CPR... This Is Why

Margaret Marshall | Posted 05.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Margaret Marshall

As people watched our story unfold on the news and on social media, many have contacted me to say they registered for CPR training, making me wonder, "How many others will Gerow save with his one act?"

Why I Still Won't Put My Son in the Boy Scouts

Nathan Greenberg | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Nathan Greenberg

August 2001 saw my resignation from Troop 392 and the entire Scouting organization. The Supreme Court may have been right in its result, but the Boy Scouts were wrong in their attitudes.

Pathfinders: The Seventh-day Adventist Church's Alternative to the Scouts

Whitny Braun | Posted 03.31.2016 | Religion
Whitny Braun

Chances are if you grew up as a Seventh-day Adventist you were never a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout. But that doesn't mean you can't tie a bowline or start a fire without matches with the best of 'em. Why? Because Seventh-day Adventists created their own organization to train children in the art of camping, marching in formation and making arts and crafts and they called... the Pathfinders.

Inspiring Boys to Help Themselves

Mike Surbaugh | Posted 03.24.2016 | Impact
Mike Surbaugh

A monk. A scoutmaster. A book. And a school, breaking down all the societal barriers that can hold young boys back and empowering them through self-governance, leadership and brotherhood.

'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Scalia promoted anything but justice in his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action, women's reproductive freedoms, and in particular, the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people.

How to Raise Leaders

Susanna Sung | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Susanna Sung

So how do we transform these smelly beings into responsible, motivated leaders? We don't do things for them. We don't tell them what to do. We give them opportunities to fail. We do this while setting them up to succeed. Here's how:

Is The Boy Scouts' Revised Gay Policy Prompting New Woes?

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the largest Boy Scout councils in the country is laying off employees because donations are down — possibly a side ef...

4 Things Scouting Teaches Kids About Personal Finance

SmartAsset.com | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
SmartAsset.com

Several images likely pop into your mind when you think about Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts: hiking, camping out in the woods and boxes of Thin Mints and those soft shortbread cookies. But there's more to scouting than friendship and food. Your son or daughter can walk away with a series of skills, including a general understanding of finance and money management.

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. This is ...

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), that ...

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

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Is Sexual Preference a Choice?

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 Klingenschmitt. T...

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

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Boy Scouts of America Deserves Condemnation -- Not Praise

Peter McGraith | Posted 07.17.2016 | Queer 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 07.16.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker didn't mince words on Monday's news that the Boy Scouts of America had come one step closer to ending their ban on gay adu...

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

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 Scout Finds Eagle Badge Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.18.2016 | Queer 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.