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Boy Scout Leader Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Newsday | Gary Dymski | Posted 02.12.2013 | New York

A Garden City Boy Scout leader is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on felony child pornography charges, Nassau County prosecutors said. Edward Oren...

Group Dumps UPS For Severing Boy Scouts Funding In Wake Of Anti-Gay Controversy

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

UPS's decision to sever corporate donations to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in protest of the scouting organization's anti-gay stance pleased a num...

Honoring the True Principles of the Boy Scouts

Gavin Newsom | Posted 02.09.2013 | San Francisco
Gavin Newsom

The Boy Scouts of America are simply standing on the wrong side of history. And in doing so, the Boy Scouts are hurting the very people that it aims to serve: the young men who participate in scout programs.

Boy Scouts Lose Another Major Corporate Sponsor After Re-Affirming Gay Ban

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have lost yet another corporate sponsor angered by the organization's stance on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transge...

Is Boy Scouts Becoming An 'Atheist Coven'?

The Huffington Post | Jonny Stewart | Posted 12.08.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

The possibility that the Scout Association may soon allow non-believers to take an alternate oath that excludes the word "God" is causing controversy ...

British Scouts Consider Change To Let Atheists In

AP | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion

LONDON -- Atheists could be allowed into Britain's boy and girl scouts after more than a century. The Scout Association said Tuesday it plans to draf...

Boy Scouts Lose Major Corporate Donor Over Anti-Gay Policy

Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices

More bad news for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), as a major donor has announced plans to sever funding to the organization on account of a controver...

Jews Push Back Against Boy Scouts Over Policy Banning Gays

Religion News Service | Bruce Nolan | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) For nearly a decade, hundreds of local Boy Scouts have learned the virtues of the Ten Commandments on an annual Thanksgiving holiday...

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.

Boy Scout 'Perversion Files' Name Nine Sexual Abusers From Ventura County

Ventura County Star | Cheri Carlson | Posted 12.28.2012 | Los Angeles

From 1984 to 1991, the Boy Scouts of America created nine confidential files on allegations of sexual abuse from Ventura County. The reports came fro...

Once Rising GOP Rep. Shows Up In Boy Scouts 'Perversion Files'

The Baltimore Sun | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics

A once-prominent Eastern Shore congressman who left office in 1980 amid allegations that he had solicited sex from a 16-year-old male prostitute was f...

Visitors Crash Site Hosting Boy Scouts Perversion FIles

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 10.20.2012 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A website with files showing the Boy Scouts of America's cover-up of decades of sexual abuse is generating interest from people want...

Gay Teen Denied Eagle Scout Award Fights Back

The Contra Costa Times | Rick Hurd | Posted 12.19.2012 | San Francisco

PLEASANT HILL -- A gay teenager denied his Eagle Scout award because of his sexuality turned in an online petition with more than 400,000 signatures W...

'Perversion Files' Show Locals Helped Cover Up Child Sex Abuse In Boy Scouts

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 12.18.2012 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. — An array of local authorities – police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and town Boy Scout leaders among them – quietly...

Lawyer Unseals Boy Scouts 'Perversion' Files

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 12.18.2012 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. — Attorneys are showing a number of so-called Boy Scout "perversion files" at a news conference in preparation later in the day f...

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.

Is It All About Hormones?

David Morris | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
David Morris

Why do the Boy Scouts fear gay people while Girl Scouts are more welcoming, and Wall Street men risked and lost the economy while Wall Street-related women counseled moderation?

WATCH: Florida Doctor Gives His Eagle Scout Badge To Gay Teen

Sarah Medina | Posted 10.11.2012 | Good News

Earlier this month, Ryan Andresen, a California teen, was denied his Eagle Scout badge because of his sexuality. When Dr. Andy Zerbinopoulos, a de...

An Alternative, Inclusive Scouting Organization

David Atchley | Posted 12.10.2012 | Gay Voices
David Atchley

After becoming a father and reflecting on my own Scouting background and values, I started to re-evaluate the BSA program as something I wanted to be involved in with my children.

Boy Scouts Of America Continue To Support A 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy Of Their Own

Pete Mason | Posted 12.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Pete Mason

I am now and always will be proud of my Eagle Scout award and my time spent scouting, but I am purely ashamed of the organization that bestowed the award upon me.

The Boy Scouts: Time for AT&T, Other Companies to Stop Funding Gay-Bashing

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

What the Boy Scouts of America did last week was among the most grotesque examples of its anti-gay policy to date. And that's why it's time for companies to dump the Boy Scouts.

Gay Teen Refused Eagle Scout Award Because Of His Sexuality

Posted 10.08.2012 | Gay Voices

A mother of a gay teen says her son was denied his Eagle Scout award because of his sexuality. High school senior Ryan Andresen recently completed ...

The Boy Scouts, Gays and Parental Responsibility

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Geoffrey R. Stone

If parents who condemn discrimination permit their children to participate in the Boy Scouts, I can assure them that not too many years in the future their children will look back and say, "What the hell were you thinking?"

Boy Scouts To Report Pedophiles They May Have Missed

AP | TERRENCE PETTY and NIGEL DUARA | Posted 12.01.2012 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Boy Scouts of America plan to begin doing what critics argue they should have done decades ago – bring suspected abus...