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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...

Scott Walker: 'I Don't Know' If People Are Born Gay Or If It's A Choice

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he “doesn’t know” whe...

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.

How Scott Walker's Gay-Bashing Blew Up In His Face

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Scott Walker thought he was playing a deft game. But this week it blew up in spectacular fashion as Walker stepped on the Ben Carson third rail and blatantly implied gay men are predators who can't be trusted around children. You'd think in 2015 this kind of blatant defamation would be banished from politics.

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...

A Rhyming Farewell Ode to Letterman

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

He's the toast of the talk show scene: Guests from Clooney to Joaquin; From Regis to Drew And Jack Hanna's zoo; Dave's better than shots of caffeine!

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.

The Boy Who Couldn't Be A Cub Scout

Mary Hickey | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Do you know that this boy was born a month too soon? Do you know that in the hospital, I watched him through the glass as warming lights and IVs gave him the things that I couldn't provide?

Amanda Terkel

'They're Just Good People. And That's Kind Of What It's All About, Isn't It?' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- On this March afternoon, the smell of fried food hits you as soon as you open the doors of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic parish i...

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.

Boy Scouts Chapter Makes History By Hiring Openly Gay Man

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

In an unprecedented move, the Boy Scouts of America's New York chapter has hired an openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader. The decision t...

Boy Scout Confronts Chris Christie Over Post-Sandy Rebuilding

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) famously declared in tourism ads that the state was "stronger th...

Actor Atticus Shaffer May Have Fragile Bones, But He's Got a Strong Love for Life

Ilana Rapp | Posted 05.18.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

I really love this guy Atticus Shaffer who is able to play younger characters in TV and film. I want to squeeze him but then I remember he's 16 years old and past the squeezing stages! Hmm, how about a hug instead?

Childhood Cancer: Collin's Epic Journey

Tanya Rasa | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tanya Rasa

"What did I learn from my experience with cancer? It was not fun, but it gave me the ability to handle things better. Life can be hard, but you have to push through it and trust that God is in control. Give thanks to God every day for what you have. And do your best with it."

Court: Boy Scout Files May Be Used In Sex Abuse Trial

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

(Adds statement by Boy Scouts) By Laila Kearney Jan 10 (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America on Saturday condemned any ...

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.

It's National Banana Lovers Day: Fun Facts to Go Bananas Over

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 08.27.2014 | Taste
Jeryl Brunner

What's the most popular fruit in the United States? It's eaten in more quantities than oranges and apples put together. It's a fruit so beloved it's s...

Boyhood, Revisited

Rich Siegel | Posted 10.06.2014 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

A month ago, my wife and I as well as several friends, were camped in the foothills of the Eastern Sierra. Naturally, as men are wont to do, especially when inebriated, we started telling tall tales.

Building Tomorrow's Leaders

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Question: Which of the following statements are true? A woman founded the 4-H and a woman founded Girl Scouts of the USA. Both 4-H and Girl Scouts...

Gay Boy Scout's Incredible Response To Group's Homophobia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If you were gay and it was known to your troop, you could be ejected from your troop for no other reason. Basically, if you're gay, you're out....

After The Boy Scouts Taught This Man 'How To Be Gay,' He Created A New Series

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

A new web series aims to put a creative spin on the controversy surrounding the Boy Scouts of America's stance on gay participants and other issues. ...