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Letter to Mr. Robert M. Gates, President, Boy Scouts of America

Manuel R. De Juan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Manuel R. De Juan

Mr. Robert M. Gates President Boy Scouts of America Dear Mr. Gates: I extend my heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of your inaugural as the 3...

This Teen Is Choosing To Stay In A Cardboard Box For The Families That 'Must Live' That Way

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact

Most teenagers don't choose to be homeless, but Josh Bartlow isn't like most teenagers. To the high school freshman from Illinois, a cardboard box ove...

Spilled Milk: Scouting for My Son's America

William Lucas Walker | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
William Lucas Walker

Sometimes it's tricky explaining America to an 8-year-old. When our daughter was that age, the trick was explaining marriage. Now it's our son James who's turned 8. This time the America I find myself having to explain is the Boy Scouts of America.

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.

'Discreet' Gay Boy Scouts Are Already Allowed, So Don't Change National Policy, Group Claims

Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) aren't slated to make a decision regarding their controversial policy on gay participants until May, but that hasn't s...

Rick Perry Blasts Madonna's Protest Against Boy Scouts' No Gay Policy

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) is upset with Madonna for her recent protest against the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members and leaders, calling her comment...

Why Boy Scouts Should Be As Inclusive As My Church

Glenn Blackmon | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Glenn Blackmon

We'll gladly take scouting warts and all, but we look forward to the day when our troop can express as generous a welcome to LGBT families as our congregation does.

A Queer Pastor Prays For The Boy Scouts

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

While the Boy Scouts trust that I have the moral fitness to determine the moral fitness of others, they do not trust that I have the moral fitness to be a Scout leader myself. The reason, simply, is because I am gay.

How the Boy Scouts Can Restore Their Reputation in this Eagle Scout's Eyes

John McCormick | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

To restore its good name, the Boy Scouts must place the interests and needs of abuse victims before the protection of their own organization.

Scout's Honor: An Eagle Scout And His Father Offer Their Perspective On BSA's Anti-Gay Policy

Randy Neece | Posted 12.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Randy Neece

The Boy Scouts of America have denied 17-year-old Ryan Andresen his Eagle pin because he came out as gay. My nephew Matt received his Eagle pin about 10 years ago, and his father Jeff, my brother-in-law, was a troop leader. I was curious about where Matt and Jeff stood on the issue.

Not The Boy Scouts Of My America

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Judy Bolton-Fasman

It's time that we did more than sign Karen Andresen's petition to protest the recalcitrant Boy Scouts of America. Until the BSA changes its anti-gay, anti-humane policy, no synagogue, church or school should sponsor a Boy Scout troop.

How the Boy Scouts Made Me a Better Business Person

Gene Marks | Posted 11.21.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The Boy Scouts of America gets nothing but bad press. And most of it is deserved. What's a shame is that these actions hide the fact that the Boy Scouts is a great organization.

Redefining a Scout's Honor

Rod Roddenberry | Posted 11.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Rod Roddenberry

In a world where diversity isn't simply tolerated but valued as an integral part of what sets our species apart as well as evidence of our evolution, organizations that display intolerance or discriminate for congenital traits would find themselves out of step with society.

Sending My Eagle Scout Badge Back

Bruce Watson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Bruce Watson

Last week I decided to send my Eagle Scout medal back to the Boy Scouts of America in protest of their policy on homosexuality. The irony is that the Boy Scouts constantly emphasized tolerance and inclusion.

Eagles for Equality

David Colarusso | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
David Colarusso

The BSA's current policy is a variant of "don't ask, don't tell." We no longer live in that world. Many things have changed since 2000, not only the sentiments of the American people but the ways in which we organize.

Romney Reaffirms Position On Boy Scouts Gay Ban

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- For the physician in Illinois, the attorney in Kentucky, the arts editor in Oregon, their Eagle Scout medals were treasured reminders of y...

Boy Scout Finds New Home For 9,000 Books

Chicago Tribune | Posted 01.03.2012 | Impact

Finding a home for nearly 9,000 gently used books isn't easy. Just ask Lou Iori, a 16-year-old student at the British School of Chicago. Lou is pla...