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Perry On Boy Scouts Lifting Gay Ban: 'I Am Greatly Disappointed'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) expressed his disapproval of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay youths on Thursday, Pegasus News reports. ...

The Boy Scouts: Demonizing Gay Men, Empowering Bashers on the Streets

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Continuing to ban lesbian den mothers and gay scoutmasters is sending a horrible message to American youth, including the scouts, gay and straight. The Boy Scouts of America made this change to take some of the heat off, and no matter what equality advocates hope for, that will happen.

The Boy Scouts' Half-Measure May Hasten the End of Discrimination

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Dan Kennedy

With the BSA finally dragging itself into the late 20th century, can the 21st be far behind? The answer, I hope, is that the time to end discrimination has arrived. But it isn't going to be accomplished without a lot of strife.

Boy Scouts To Allow Gay Youths

The Associated Press | By DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 05.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America have reportedly voted 61-38 to allow gay Scouts. According to multiple media sources, the scouting organization has chos...

WATCH: Gay Teen Gets Kicked Out Of Boy Scouts After Coming Out

Posted 05.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Amateur footage that reportedly shows a gay teen being kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) after he came out to a scouting official is makin...

Boy Scouts To Vote On Allowing Gay Members

AP | DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

By DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT, The Associated Press GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- The Boy Scouts of America's national leadership will vote Thursda...

Gay Activists Rally Ahead Of Boy Scouts' Ban Vote

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

By Marice Richter GRAPEVINE, Texas, May 22 (Reuters) - Gay rights activists and members of conservative groups gathered in the Texas t...

Scout's Honor? What Congress Could Learn From the BSA

Patrick Flanary | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Patrick Flanary

This week the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will vote to recommend including gay scouts while excluding gay adult leaders. That the BSA is even considering a reversal of its ban on gay scouts reflects our country's evolution on LGBT equality over the last 12 months.

Boy Scout Troop Will Allow Gays

East Hampton Patch | Paul Petrone | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

MILFORD, CT - The Boy Scouts of America's Connecticut Yankee Council, which runs camps in several towns and has members from dozens more communities, ...

Another Glitch in Boy Scouts' Proposed Gay Policy

Win Bassett | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Win Bassett

Most of the conversation has focused on the double standard of refusing membership to openly homosexual adults as leaders. However, there hasn't been any discussion about another qualifier in the proposed language -- "alone."

Will Boy Scouts Accept Gay Youth?

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices

-- With its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its contentious mem...

LOOK: Right-Wing Pundit Links Gays With Pedophiles In Boy Scout Illustration

Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices

A controversial Christian radio host summed up his stance on the Boy Scouts of America's controversial anti-gay policy with a single image. The Li...

Church-Based Boy Scouts Alternatives Attract Interest

Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) They have pledges. They have merit badges. And they may go camping. But they’re not the Boy Sc...

For Boy Scouts, Last Chance to Drop the Ban

Richard L. Lobb | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Richard L. Lobb

Every Boy Scout memorizes the Scout Oath, which requires him to be "morally straight." The Boy Scout Handbook says this means, among other things, that he should "respect and defend the rights of all people." It doesn't add, "unless they are gay."

WATCH: Member Of Boy Scouts For Over 50 Years Leaves Organization Over Gay Ban

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.09.2013 | Gay Voices

After years of controversy, an upcoming vote among the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether or not the organization allows gay scout members to j...

Support For Gay Marriage, Ending Boy Scout Ban On Gays Surges In U.S.

Posted 05.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Support for gay rights -- from ending the controversial ban on gay participants in Boy Scouts to legalizing same-sex marriage -- is surging throughout...

Perry Urges Scouts To Resist 'Flavor Of The Month' Pro-Gay Views

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) continued to speak out against a potential change in the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy, urging the group not to be...

LOOK: Father-Son Soldier Duo Hits The Road To End Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have yet to make a final decision on whether to amend their controversial ban on gay participants, but that hasn't sto...

The 13th Point Of The Scout Law

Levi A. Miles | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Levi A. Miles

I am a Boy Scout. As a matter of fact, I'm an Eagle Scout. And yet I cannot continue to serve the organization that played a large part in shaping who I am today. Why? Because of whom I love, which apparently negates the values that were ingrained in me during my years of scouting.

Boy Scouts Resolution: Still Hurtful and Harmful

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

The BSA knows that its latest proposal is simply not good enough. Discrimination is never OK! The fact that the BSA has the legal right to deny LGBT people membership doesn't mean that it is morally right.

The Real Reason For The Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Scout Leaders?

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

After the latest Boy Scouts news, it dawned on me that there might be something fundamentally different about straight men's sexuality. I'm not talking about the whole being-sexually-attracted-to-women thing. I'm talking about some darker, more shameful secret that no one ever mentions.

A Gay Father's Assessment of the New Boy Scout Policy: Compromise Is Good!

William Dameron | Posted 06.24.2013 | Comedy
William Dameron

What we need to do is allow lesbians to become Boy Scout troop leaders and gay men to become Girl Scout troop leaders.

Listen Up, Boy Scouts: Gays Aren't Pedophiles, And Pedophiles Aren't Idiots

Wayne Self | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Self

Presumably, the Boy Scouts still believe that they must protect their charges from us scary adult gay men. And it's not just a concern about potential attraction. If it were, they'd also ban heterosexual women from being den mothers. It's a concern that we are predators.

How Boy Scout Bigotry Affected My Family

Rob Watson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I felt violated, because the spirit of Boy Scout bigotry had descended on my home, forcing me to explain to my son that I am not as universally loved as he supposed. This is a state of affairs that my sons had been blissfully unaware of... until now.

More BS From the BSA

Frank Bua | Posted 06.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

There may not be an Electoral College for public opinion, but don't insult our intelligence. The Scouts have not had some kind of homosexual epiphany; the only reason they are having this public conversation is because of the monumental pressure that has rained down on them like an unrelenting avalanche.