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Religious Freedom Claims Are A Fraud

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

I never forgot the look in their eyes: the expressions of contempt and disgust mixed with laughter, the obscene gestures, the slurs wielded like weapo...

Would a Clinton Presidency End the Boy Scouts’ LGBT Discrimination?

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 07.13.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

It’s hard to believe that we’re just two weeks away from the first anniversary of the Boy Scouts’ decision to end their century-long blanket ban...

Reflections On 20 Years Of Activating Youth To Change The World

Steven Culbertson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Steven Culbertson

It's been said all that young people need the same nine things: Purpose, Meaning, Adventure, Community, Power, Respect, Structure, Challenge, and Opportunity.

Breastfeeding Mom Shamed At Boy Scouts Meeting For Causing 'Disruption'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Parents

After being shamed for breastfeeding at a Boy Scouts meeting, one Tennessee mom wants to ensure other mothers don't go through the same experience. Ja...

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.

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.

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:

The City of Gdansk is World Scout Jamboree candidate for 2023

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

World Scout Jamboree is the most important event run by the World Organization of the Scout Movement for scouts 14-17 years old. WOSM is the biggest N...

Every American Is Fit to Fight, to Serve, to Be

Greg White | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Greg White

America is going through LGBT civil rights boot camp, and it's making our society stronger. Change, like recruit training, is hard. The results are worth it.

Cremains of the Day

Susan Perloff | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susan Perloff

If there's any way to describe such a mission as satisfying, this is a satisfying. Closure, it's called. It feels clean. Tidy. Positive. Mom is now where she was happiest, and I enjoyed a sunny summer day with two wonderful women who have always loved me.

Boy Scout, Cubmaster Honored For Heroic Service At Military Crash Site

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 12.15.2015 | Good News

Cubmasters and their Boy Scouts are taught to be outstanding leaders in their communities. Turns out, they're brought up to be lifesaving heroes, too....

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...

The Taliban Don't Shock You Anymore, But This Will

Mina Sharif | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

People deserve to hear more about Afghanistan and Afghanistan deserves to be heard. For its hardships, and its accomplishments. I don't make a point of looking for incredible stories of positivity and perseverance in Afghanistan.

Tennessee Church Breaks Ties With Boy Scouts Troop Over LGBT Acceptance

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion

After a partnership of more than 50 years with its local Boy Scout troop, a Tennessee church has decided to break ties with the organization over chan...

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.

Oh Boy, Scouts.

Tim Arnold | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Tim Arnold

If I were to say I was active in the Boy Scouts of America into early high school, it would no doubt conjure up certain images. They'd be wrong. No matter what they are, the images you have would all be wrong.

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...

Refocusing Boy Scouts Post-SCOTUS: Making Global Citizens

Stephan Said | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Stephan Said

With its many millions of youth aspiring to such a forward thinking global citizenship, the potential of Scouting in today's rapidly changing world landscape cannot be underestimated, and should be maximized.

5 Reasons Franklin Graham Is Once Again the Worst Thing to Happen to God in a While

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.03.2016 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Here's the thing, Franklin Graham isn't the voice of Christianity, let alone a stand in for the voice of God. In fact, much of the rest of Christianity has to work overtime because Franklin Graham invests so much energy saying things that make the rest of us who take God seriously shake our heads; which is why Franklin Graham is once again the worst thing to happen to God in a while

Pity the Privileged

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 07.29.2016 | 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.

Mormon Mom: Church's Refusal To Accept Gay Boy Scout Leaders Is 'Tragedy'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion

After nine years and countless hours of service, Jordan Montgomery spent last Saturday completing the very last task he needed to become an Eagle Scou...

Do Boy Scouts Need Protection From LGBT Leaders?

Matt Baume | Posted 07.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

To Tony Perkins, nothing's more dangerous to a child than a queer role model. But imagine what those role models mean to queer kids. I didn't know I was gay when I was a little 7-year-old Boy Scout. Nothing would have been more important to me than to know that I wasn't alone.

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

Ryan Scott | Posted 07.28.2016 | 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...