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Boy Scouts Maintains Gay Ban, But Accepts Convicted Criminals

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.14.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America might be adamantly against including gay members, but convicted criminals are another story. The Human Rights Campaign r...

WATCH: Randy Rainbow's Hilarious (And Irreverent) Take On Boy Scouts Gay Controversy

Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices

"Hey Rick Perry, would you like to buy some Beyoncé brownies?" Randy Rainbow, the star of "The Randy Rainbow Show" online video series, is offerin...

A Scout Is Trustworthy

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

I am proud to be an Eagle Scout. I am equally proud to be an openly gay man. In fact, I attribute my many years in Scouting -- first as a Webelos, then as a Boy Scout, and finally as a camp counselor -- as helping me to come out, and to be honest with the world about who I am.

I Really Hope My Son Gets to Be a Boy Scout

John Kinnear | Posted 04.11.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

For two weeks we would get to backpack through the wilderness in New Mexico learning outdoor, teambuilding and leadership skills. And for two weeks his mom would hike silently among us while we used words like gay, queer and faggot.

Lila Shapiro

Boy Scouts Gay Ban Controversy Highlights Growing Tug-Of-War Between Right And Left

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.09.2013 | Gay Voices

When the Boy Scouts of America announced this week that it was delaying a decision to end a ban on openly gay troops and leaders, some noted that the ...

Jon Stewart Hates Cats

Posted 02.08.2013 | Comedy

Dear Internet, are you sitting down? We have something to tell you that you will not like, but it's best that you heard it from us. Ready? Here goe...

The Big Social Changes Are the Ones We Ignore

Eli Lehrer | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Many of the social changes that people think about the most at the time, in other words, aren't the biggest ones. This doesn't mean, of course, that all social changes are meaningless.

Ellen DeGeneres Sounds Off On Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy

Posted 02.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Ellen DeGeneres is the latest celebrity to push the Boy Scouts of America to reform their controversial anti-gay policy. "If the Boy Scouts start ...

Not an Easy Decision

Judge Kemp | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Judge Kemp

I am at a personal crossroads. I still whole-heartedly disagree with the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy. I was involved in scouting for the life experiences, skill development, character building, and friendships. These are things that no one can take back from me.

Sherrod Brown Blasts Boy Scouts, Fox News

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

Senator Sherrod Brown, who along with Senator Jeff Merkley sent a letter this week urging the Boy Scouts of America to accept gay members, joined Huff...

Boy Scouts Betray Gay Kids and the Scout Oath

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The announcement that the Boy Scouts of America "need more time" to make a decision about ending discrimination against gay scouts and leaders is deeply disappointing.

Religious Sponsors Loom Large In Boy Scouts' Policy Debate

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The decision by Boy Scouts of America to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an "outpouring of feedback." Much of t...

Afternoon Links, Boy Scouts Edition

Lila Shapiro | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- The Boy Scouts of America announced today that it would delay a vote on a controversial policy banning openly gay scouts and troop leaders. "Aft...

'Loyal And Obedient': Boy Scouts Must Evolve To Inspire New Generation

Kurt Neumann | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Kurt Neumann

Two years ago, my 11-year-old nephew asked me, "Uncle Kurt, where you ever in Scouts?" I replied, "I'm an Eagle Scout like your Dad." His eyes lit up and replied, "Really?" I replied, "Yes, and I'm proud of it." But as he becomes more involved, I can't be involved anymore. The singular reason: I am gay.

Boy Scouts Postpone Gay Policy Decision

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT and DAVID CRARY | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices

IRVING, Texas — Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy ...

Bad News for the Right: There Already Are Gays in the Boy Scouts

Drew Courtney | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Drew Courtney

Regardless of its history of discrimination, it turns out that Scouting has equipped a growing cadre of gay men with the integrity to stand up for equality, and equipped our straight brothers with the loyalty to take a vocal role in the fight.

Boy Scouts Of America Show Lack Of Leadership

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Timmerman

When I called Boy Scouts of America, an organization that prides itself on molding leaders, to have a conversation about their anti-gay policies, I got hung up on. That's not leadership.

Robertson Makes Shocking Comments About Boy Scouts

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion

"700 Club" host Pat Robertson made some controversial comments about the future of the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday. As the board of the Boy S...

Obama Urges Boy Scouts to End Ban on Gays -- President Should Take More Action

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Barack Obama, like every other person elected to the presidency serves as the honorary president of the Boy Scouts.

Rick Santorum: Boy Scouts Shouldn't Allow Gays

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum has long spoken out against gay rights, a moral standpoint he believes must apply to the Boy Scouts of Ame...

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.

WATCH: Zach Wahls Slams Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy, Right Wing Pundit

Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices

The Iowa student whose impassioned marriage equality plea became YouTube's most-watched political video of 2011 after going viral twice sounded off on...

Afternoon Links: Gay Marriage Marches And The Boy Scouts

Lila Shapiro | Posted 04.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- Forces on both sides are gathering momentum as they prepare for the Supreme Court's hearing on same-sex marriage this March. Same sex marriage sup...

Emily Swanson

Poll Reveals What Americans Think About Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Following on the heels of a Boy Scouts of America announcement that the group is reconsidering its longtime ban on gay members, a plurality of America...

Obama: Boy Scouts Should Allow Gays As Members

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, w...