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Why the Boy Scouts' New Gay Policy Is Not a Win

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When the Mormon Church officially endorsed the Boy Scouts' new "young gays OK, grown-up gays bad" position, I pricked up my ears. I asked myself, "What does this organization have to gain from it?" Simply put: everything.

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.

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...

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, ...

Oprah's Psych Guru Supports Ending Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

One of the most popular talk show hosts in America, Dr. Phil has voiced his support of ending the gay ban in the Boy Scouts with this tweet he sent ou...

When Will Boy Scouts Accept The Non-Religious?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

It's the right thing to do. And here's the bonus: Once the Boy Scouts open up to non-believers, they're going to discover they have a lot to contribute -- just as they've been contributing all along.

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."

Gay Boy Scouts Employee: I'm Living A Lie

time.com | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices

I am a full-time paid professional employee of the Boy Scouts of America. I am also gay. ...

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...

Dear Boy Scouts, Being Straight Doesn't Make You 'Morally Straight'!

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

The Boy Scouts of America tries to pretend that LGBT people aren't morally straight. That's the entire basis for keeping us out of scouting. Well, I have news for them: There's a long list of straight people who've been involved in scouting who are not morally straight.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick Resigns

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.17.2013 | Gay Voices

A year after being named president, Herndon Graddick is stepping down from his position at GLAAD. In a May 17 press release, Graddick spoke how pr...

Catholics Respond To Proposed Boy Scouts Gay Policy Change

Posted 05.17.2013 | Religion

By Aaron Schrank Religion News Service (RNS) Paul Sefranek is a lifelong Roman Catholic and a long-serving volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America...

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."

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.

Mormon Church Responds To Boy Scouts' Controversial Gay Proposal

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America on its latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members b...

WATCH: CNN Anchor Takes Down Anti-Gay Activist

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

We bet John Stemberger probably didn't know what he was getting into when he joined CNN earlier this week to discuss the Boy Scouts' ban on gay member...