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No Change For Boy Scouts Rule On Atheists

Religion News Service | Brian Shane and Mike Chalmers | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion

(RNS) For former scoutmaster Richard Guglielmetti, the Boy Scouts of America's reconsideration of its ban on gay scouts and leaders is long overdue. ...

WATCH: Bryan Fischer Hurls Horrific Anti-Gay Rant At The Boy Scouts

Posted 01.29.2013 | Gay Voices

In what just might be the week's least surprising (but nonetheless infuriating) news, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer slammed the Boy ...

Religious Right, Anti-Gay Pundits Slam Boy Scouts' Potential Policy Shift

Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

It seems not everyone is pleased by the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to re-consider its controversial ban on gay participants. A number ...

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.

Boy Scouts Consider Dropping Gay Ban: Report

Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Just days after a Maryland-based Cub Scout pack was forced to back down on a non-discriminatory pledge because of a reference to sexual orientation, t...

Boy Scout Group Drops Gay-Inclusive Pledge After Threats From Regional Council

Posted 01.28.2013 | Gay Voices

A Maryland-based Cub Scout pack has backed down on its non-discriminatory pledge toward gay participants after pressure from its regional council. ...

Boy Scout Reality Series Deemed Anti-Gay 'Marketing Ploy' By LGBT Activists

Posted 01.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The forthcoming National Geographic series "Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?" is generating a lot of heat in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend...

Scout's Honor

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

"Am I in trouble?" my 8-year-old son asked with a sigh when my husband and I surrounded him on the couch one recent afternoon. We assured him no. "There's just something on our minds," I said. "Something important we want to discuss with you."

Something To Celebrate: The Week's 10 Best Gay Moments

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

With so much hate continually aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, we like to take a moment every once in a while to highlig...

WATCH: Gay Boy Scout Leader Comes Out On Camera

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 01.18.2013 | Gay Voices

After closing his eyes and taking a deep breath, Boy Scout camp leader Derek Nance softly said to himself, "Here we go," introduced himself and said t...

Rebel Who Found Her Cause

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

If you had asked me at any point in my life whether I thought I would be an anti-bullying and equality advocate, I would have laughed hysterically. In fact, having been a frequent victim of bullying as a child, I became full of rage and set on vengeance.

Morning Links: The Boy Scouts, NOM, And Wade Davis

Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- Wade Davis, the former NFL player, gives a revealing and fascinating interview to the Daily Beast about 'semi-open' gay life in the NFL. -- Jerem...

Boy Scouts To Release 2 Decades Of Sex Abuse Files

AP | Posted 03.10.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Boy Scouts of America must release two decades of files detailing sexual abuse allegations after the California Supreme Court ...

Right Wing Pundit Defends Boy Scouts' 'Morally Straight' Anti-Gay Policy

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices

The president of a conservative Christian organization is speaking out in support of the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy, saying the group's c...

Boy Scouts Must Surrender Child Sex Abuse Files

AP | Posted 12.14.2012 | Crime

LOS ANGELES -- A California appellate court has upheld a Santa Barbara judge's order saying the Boy Scouts of America must surrender decades of confid...

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...