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Former Defense Secretary Takes On Another Challenging Role

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

More than two years after playing an influential role in the Obama administration's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," former Secretary of Defense Rob...

LOOK: Boy Scouts Too Gay-Friendly For You? There's A New Anti-Gay Alternative!

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices

An inaugural conference for Trail Life USA, a Christian and anti-gay scouting group that intends to serve as an alternative to the Boy Scout program, ...

LISTEN: Anti-Gay Hosts Suggest Very Offensive Merit Badge

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices

A pair of Christian radio show hosts known for their controversial, anti-gay commentary have suggested that the recent repeal of the Boy Scouts of Ame...

Building Leaders

Anna Maria Chavez | Posted 10.12.2013 | Women
Anna Maria Chavez

You can imagine my surprise last week when I read a op-ed in the The Washington Post that the organization I lead, the Girl Scouts of the USA, is a "separate but not equal group," to the Boy Scouts of America.

Boy Scouts Mislead and Exclude With BMI Policy, and There's a Better Way

Katja Rowell, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Katja Rowell, M.D.

The Boy Scouts have been in the news again for exclusionary practices, this time not for sexual orientation, but for body mass index cutoffs for their Jamboree.

After Gay Policy Backlash, Boy Scouts Land Jamboree Performer

AP | JOHN RABY | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down will headline the Boy Scouts National Jamboree's featured concert this weekend as a re...

Has The Boy Scouts' Gay Vote Had Any Impact?

AP | JOHN RABY | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. -- Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue...

Continuing West Virginia's Tradition of Public Service During the National Scout Jamboree

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

What does public service and giving back mean to you? For the people of West Virginia, public service and giving back is a way of life.

Group To Launch Alternative To Boy Scouts

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A fledgling organization that opposed the Boys Scouts of America’s decision to accept openly gay Scouts announced Tuesday (July 9) it will lau...

My Hero, Stephen

Bill Marriott | Posted 08.25.2013 | DC
Bill Marriott

No parent should have to see their child die, and those who do are members of a club that no one wants to belong to. Donna and I lost our dear son, Stephen, this week at the age of 54.

Christians Need To Face It: We're All Gay

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If all it takes to be seduced over to the gay "dark side" is to earn a merit badge together, certainly we are all susceptible to the gay mojo. So I guess it's time for us to face the facts.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving on Father's Day

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Each day dads are investing money, time and skills in their own kids and the community as a whole, making them a paradigm of philanthropy. So why not honor your dad for the positive impact he is making in your life and the lives of those around you by giving back?

Caterpillar Stops Supporting Boy Scouts Due To Gay Ban

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Caterpillar Inc. is no longer giving money to the Boy Scouts because the organization discriminates against homosexuals, a spo...

Boy Scouts 'Torn Up' For Gay Kids Who Want To 'Do Sex' With Each Other, Pundit Claims

Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) controversial decision to admit openly gay youths isn't sitting too well with Pat Robertson. On "The 700 Club," ...

Boy Scout Hike Turns Deadly

AP | Posted 08.09.2013 | Crime

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Authorities say a 69-year-old man died and another man and four Boy Scouts were rescued after they all suffered from heat-r...

Churches Move To Cut Ties To Scouts After Gay Policy Change

Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion

By Bob Smietana USA Today (RNS) For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple. The Bible says homosexual...

The Boy Scouts, Gay Youth And Catholic Teaching

John Gehring | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
John Gehring

It's hard to preach "Good News" when you're making news for fighting the wrong battles. At a time when Pope Francis is breathing new life into the church with his humility and inclusive posture, U.S. bishops should take a cue from Rome.

How Bringing Equality to Boy Scouts Has Strengthened Our Family

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

In April of 2012 I was forced to resign as my son's Den Leader in The Boy Scouts of America because I am gay. Refusing to back down, my partner and I teamed up with GLAAD, launched a petition and unknowingly set out on a journey that would forever change our lives.

Scouts Prepare For Change

Times-Herald, Vallejo, Calif. | Tony Burchyns | Posted 08.02.2013 | San Francisco

For many local Boy Scout leaders, lifting the ban on admitting openly gay boys as Scouts felt like the right thing to do. But moving forward could ha...

Catholic Leaders Urge Support For Boy Scouts After Shift On Gays

Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The U.S. Catholic Church’s top liaison to the Boy Scouts of America is telling Catholic Scout leade...

Aaron Sankin

Boy Scouts May Lose Nonprofit Status In Major State

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.30.2013 | San Francisco

The California State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would strip the Boy Scouts of nonprofit status in California because of the group's anti-g...

Faulty Heuristics Govern BSA's Decision on Gays

Deborah Plummer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Deborah Plummer

Ultimately, the Boy Scouts of America is a private organization and has the right to define its own membership. However, they should be very careful about defining moral behavior as synonymous with a heterosexual orientation and banning gay adult leaders.

Alabama Pastor Won't Host Boy Scouts In The Wake Of Gay Policy Amendment

Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to lift its controversial ban on gay youth participants has received praise and criticism in equal measure,...

A Gay Dad On The Landmark Boy Scouts Decision: 'It's A Hollow Victory'

ivillagelogo | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents

Written by Erik Botsford for iVillage Over Memorial Day weekend, I spent a drizzly, grey morning on a hike in the woods of Western Massachusetts wi...

Why the Safest Scoutmasters Are Out Scoutmasters

Mark Olmsted | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Olmsted

The last thing a pedophile would admit to voluntarily is being attracted to boys, but a scoutmaster who has declared himself openly gay is the antithesis of a liar. If you want to guarantee that you're not hiring a pedophile, the answer you should be looking for to "are you a homosexual?" is "yes."