May 23

Victory! Boy Scouts of America takes a step forward with new gay membership policy

Today, the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to approve a new policy prohibiting discrimination against gay youth members. The decision, which passed at 61%, by the Boy Scouts is an important step forward, but is just one small step in a much longer journey for Scouting.

For 13 years, The Inclusive Scouting Network has worked to promote a Scouting movement that is open to all and closed to none, regardless of sexual orientation and religious belief. Today’s victory could not have been possible without your support. Because of your hard work and willingness to speak out for inclusion, we can celebrate this historic decision reversing decades of wrongs against gay Scouts. But, we will not rest until Scouting is a safe and equal place for all people.

Starting in January, gay and bisexual Scouts across the country will be free from the fear of being kicked out, but only while they are youth members. Upon transitioning into adult leadership, youth who proudly served as Scouts will be shown the door. Friends, our work is no where near done.

We have a tremendous amount of work to do to ensure the Boy Scouts implement appropriate policies and safeguards against bullying and harassment before their policy goes into full effect next year.

Discrimination on any level is unacceptable. You know this. We know this. America knows this. Let’s continue to work toward the day when Boy Scout leaders, too, finally begin to respect and honor every member of their Scouting family.

You can begin to make a difference today: Wear our Inclusive Scouting Award to show your fellow Scouts and Scouters that you support a Scouting movement free from fear and discrimination. We will create safer spaces for all Scouts one person at a time. Visit our store to get your Inclusive Scouting square-knot patch and start wearing it proudly today.

Want to do more to help us move forward? Fill out our volunteer form to sign up for our email list and volunteer opportunities, or make a financial contribution to help us continue our work. Your assistance will be instrumental in continuing this movement, creating educational resources, providing resources to local troops and councils and helping us promote our message of inclusive Scouting.

May 23

In the News – Voting Day

Vote on Boy Scouts’ gay ban brings out protesters from both sides – At an Equal Scouting Summit yesterday the message was this step must be passed, but the fight is fr from over. Speaker, Mark Noel, a Scoutmaster who was ousted in 2000 for being gay stated,

“those who accuse gays of injecting sexuality into Scouting failed to recognize that bringing his husband to a Scouting event was no different from bringing a wife or children. “That is the double standard, that is the discrimination, that is what has to change,” Noel, 43, said. Noel helped found the Inclusive Scouting Network, with its own rainbow badge, which he encouraged opponents of the ban to keep wearing this week, even after the vote. “Keep wearing it until the day comes when we don’t have to wear it anymore,” Noel said. “That day has not come yet.”

Boy Scout leaders to vote on lifting gay ban – As two opposing sides gather in Grapevine, TX, the BSA’s official executives are beginning a council meeting to decide whether or not to pass a proposal that would end the ban on gay youth in Scouting. Those opposed to lifting the ban “took one last stand” and held signs as people drove into the resort. In favor of lifting the ban, folks were gathered across the street at another hotel. Speakers such as Dave McGrath, Zach Wahls and Mark Noel discussed why the ban must end and shared their personal stories.

Vote on gay Scouts comes at emotional moment
On Thursday the council members of the BSA set to vote on the proposal to end discrimination against gay youth in the BSA.

“Obama urged the organization to reverse the ban before a national executive board meeting that took place in February, and two high-profile board members — the CEOs of AT&T and Ernst & Young — said they would work from within to change the policy.”

Boy Scouts set to vote on lifting gay youth ban – Opposers and supporters alike are gathered in Grapevine, TX to stand up for their side. Opposition of the proposed lift on the gay ban on youth in the Scouts say that lifting the ban will decimate the Scouts. Those in favor of lifting the ban such as Zach Wahls stated.

“What we’re seeing is a conversation” on gays in scouting that activists have wanted for years, Wahls said. “That being said, we want full inclusion — ending the ban on gay youth and leaders.”

May 22

Boy Scouts National Prez Wayne Perry supports resolution on gay youth members

Writing for USA Today, Boy Scouts of America National President Wayne Perry says he supports the proposed resolution changing the Scouts’ membership policies to allow openly gay and bisexual youth.

“No matter what your opinion is on this issue, America needs Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our nation’s children,” Perry wrote in an op-ed today.

Perry also addressed wildly irrational and inaccurate claims from opponents of the proposed policy changes.

“Some have voiced concerns that this proposal could put children at risk of being abused,” Perry wrote. “The BSA makes no connection between sexual abuse and homosexuality.”

The Inclusive Scouting Network welcomes Perry’s position and thanks him for his op-ed. As we have for the past 13 years, we’ll keep raising awareness of important issues of exclusion and discrimination in Scouting until the day when all people — regardless of age, sexual orientation and religious belief — are treated fairly and equally in this iconic program.

You can read Perry’s full USA Today op-ed here…

Be sure to follow the Inclusive Scouting Network here on our website, on Facebook and on Twitter for updates from our Equal Scouting Summit with Scouts For Equality.

May 22

U.S. House members stand up for Scouting equality

Scouts for Equality Praise House Members for Support of Non-Discrimination Resolution
Twenty House Members Submit Letter to the Boy Scouts of America Urging Passage of Resolution

May 22, 2013 (USA) – Today, Scouts for Equality praised twenty members of the US House of Representatives for their support of the resolution being considered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that would end discrimination of gay Scouts. All twenty members signed onto a letter calling for the passage of the resolution and the end of discrimination of gay Scouts by the BSA.

“We applaud these leaders for taking a stand on behalf of all of the amazing young men who have been denied the opportunity to be a part of the Boy Scouts of America,” said Zach Wahls, Eagle Scout and Founder of Scouts for Equality. “As one of the most highly regarded organizations in America, it is time that the Boy Scouts live up to the values that they taught all of us and create a stronger, more inclusive organization.”

The 1400 voting members of the BSA will decide on Thursday at the National Meeting if the longstanding ban will be eliminated. Scouts for Equality, together with the Inclusive Scouting Network, GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign, are hosting the Equal Scouting Summit directly across from the National Meeting.

To register for the summit or to schedule an interview with any of the participants go to www.inclusivescouting.net/media/2013-summit-registration/

A copy of the letter can be found at http://waxman.house.gov/sites/waxman.house.gov/files/Letter%20to%20Boy%20Scouts%20of%20America%20Letter%205-21-13.pdf

Members who signed onto the letter are:
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO),
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ),
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN),
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR),
Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA),
Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA),
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)

May 17

Equal Scouting Summit in Grapevine, TX

2013 Equal Scouting Summit in Grapevine, TXScouts for Equality and the Inclusive Scouting Network to Support Equality at the “Equal Scouting Summit”

Next week, as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) considers for the first time ending discrimination of gay Scouts, Scouts for Equality (SfE) and the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN), will host the “Equal Scouting Summit.” with support from GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign. Being held across from the BSA National Meeting, the Summit is an opportunity for supporters from across the country to come together to discuss next steps in building the foundation of an inclusive BSA.

Speakers at the Summit will include Zach Wahls, Mark Noel, Jennifer Tyrrell, Greg Bourke, Will Oliver, Pascal Tessier, Dave Rice, and Dave Knapp whose personal experiences of the BSA’s discriminatory policies moved them to become leaders of the equal Scouting movement and led to the collection of more than 1.8 million Change.org petition signatures calling for an end to the BSA’s ban on gay members. Events during the Summit will include a welcome ceremony for Eagle Scout Dave McGrath and his son Army Specialist Joe McGrath as they ride into Texas and complete their 1,800-mile bike ride for equality and the culmination of the Voice of the Gay Scout project. Gay Scouts across the country have submitted letters of what they would say to the National Council voters if they had the opportunity and during the Summit those letters will be read out loud.

All events are OPEN to the press. Additional details will be released in the coming days.

WHAT: Equal Scouting Summit
WHEN: Wednesday, May 22nd – Friday, May 24th
WHERE: Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, Texas
WHO: Scouts for Equality, Inclusive Scouting Network, GLAAD, Jennifer Tyrrell, Greg Bourke, Dave Rice, Dave Knapp, Will Oliver, Pascal Tessier, Eagle Scout Dave McGrath, Army Specialist Joe McGrath, Scouts, Scout Leaders, Parents & Supporters

Press Information: Members of the press can register to attend and submit requests for interviews at www.inclusivescouting.net/media/2013-summit-registration/

For more information go to www.scoutsforequality.com/summit

Full media advisory here

May 07

In the News

Dave and Joe on the roadFather-son duo biking in support of gays in Scouts stop in Orem – The McGrath family is no stranger to discrimination against gay people, especially those in their family whom they love dearly. Dave and Joe McGrath, a father son duo, are riding 1,800 miles by bicycle from Idaho to Texas in order to take a stand against gay discrimination and with hopes to save the lives of young men who are gay. They BSA is going to hold a vote on May 23rd to determine whether or not to accept gay youth into the Boy Scouts, a change in the way they have operated for the past several decades. The McGraths are riding mainly unsupported and are inviting any supporters to join them riding or in donations.

Follow their daily updates and support their journey at Old Scouts Promise.

Rick Perry: Boy Scouts Must Resist ‘Flavor Of The Month’ Pro-Gay Views – Governor Rick Perry continues to speak out against LGBT equality in the Boy Scouts. In this article he equates the shift in public sentiment to pro gay as “pop culture” and “flavor of the month” type of thinking. He also goes further to compare the fight for gay people’s rights as being similar to the fight to end slavery, but ends up getting some key facts straight.

“The fact is, this is a private organization. Their values and principles have worked for a century now, and for pop culture to come in and try to tear that up because it just happens to be the flavor of the month, so to speak, and to tear apart one of the great organizations that have served millions of young men … that is just not appropriate,” Perry said during a discussion on the Family Research Council’s “Stand With Scouts Sunday”

Religion Beyond the Right – Ever since the announcement was made by the BSA that it will be voting on a proposal to lift the gay ban on youth within the organization, religions across the spectrum have spoken out. From the far right who denounce any change in current policies, to the middle and one left to more liberal religions who want the entire ban lifted, it seems that one issue has been forgotten. According to BSA bylaws, every religions teachings are to be treated equally. However, to date, the BSA’s actions have not adhered to its own policy. With the vote coming it would be wise for the BSA to listen to each religions teachings and take them into consideration for the vote.

Boy Scout Policy on Gays Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Says L.A. Group – The Western Los Angeles County Council of the BSA announced that it believes the proposed amendment to allow only gay youth should be amended to include gay leaders, volunteers and staff as well. This council believes that the proposal just does not go far enough in the fight for equality of LGBT people.

Rick Perry: ‘Gay’ Boy Scouts? ‘Not on my watch’ – Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, has joined forces with the Family Research Council to try and influence the proposal to allow gay youth to be members, to be voted down. Perry also stated that he stands by, and hopes the American people will say, “Not on My Watch”, to the proposal.

Rep. Steve Palazzo Claims Boy Scouts are ‘Bullied, Extorted’ for Banning Gays (Video) – Republican Steve Palazzo also joined other supporters Sunday with the Family Research Council’s “Stand With Scouts” webcast where he stated that he believes the Boy Scouts of America is being bullied, harassed and extorted for banning gays. Palazzo also went so far as to ask for the removal of all “agitators” from these discussions, but did not identify or explain how he thinks this would be carried out.

“The Boy Scouts are actually being bullied worse than any group or organization that has ever been bullied before,” said Rep. Palazzo. “They’ve been intimidated, extorted for corporate funds, contributions.”

“They are being harassed and, at the end of the day, they are also being ridiculed by some in the liberal media. And so if I can do anything, I’m going to lend my voice and my strength to them and tell them to stand strong [against allowing gays].”"

May 05

In the News

Richard Kyte: Boy Scouts should welcome gay members – Recently, high school male, Michael, came out that he was gay to family and friends. What was a relief is that is was such a non event. Gallup polls show that about 70% of the public is accepting of gay and lesbian people as part of the diversity of society. Organizations such as the BSA are facing quite a challenge to figure out the right thing to do. If they pass the current resolution is could jeopardize immediate funding, but if this proposal isn’t passed they could devastate the entire future of the BSA.

Scouts chart a new course – Corvallis, Oregon Troop 1 is steeped in tradition and is the oldest troop in Oregon. The troop is struggling to deal with the current controversy within Scouts that bans gays. As one member says,

“They’re just the same as us,” added Nate Olsen, 13. “They’re just guys.”

May 03

In the News

Let Me Get One Thing Straight About The Gays – There have always been controversies over whether there should be gay people in the military, major league sports and Scouting, but LGBT people have always been there and always will be. People wonder if gay people can maintain long term relationships and the answer is the same. So, it boils down to the real question, which is whether or not gay people should be allowed to say they’re gay. The answer there? Of course they should! LGBT people have always existed, will always be in every part of society and whose right is it to tell them that they can’t say who they are?

Letter: LDS and Scouting – The LDS Church has come out in support of the BSA’s new proposal to allow gay youth into Scouting, but to continue it’s policy banning all gay adults in any capacity. The LDS Church is trying to keep policies for everyone involved in Scouting within their own religious belief system, but would be seen as more tolerant if they allowed gay adults in Scouting.

Ousted Boy Scouts Leader Jennifer Tyrrell Joins NOH8 Campaign – Jennifer Tyrrell, a gay mom who was den mother for her son’s Scout troop, was ousted last year by the BSA for being openly gay. She has recently joined the NOH8 campaign and is seen in the article posing for NOH8 in her Scout’s uniform with the traditional duct tape across her mouth and NOH8 sign on her cheek. Tyrrell is an open opponent to the BSA’s ban on gays in Scouting and is also working to reverse Ohio’s 2004 amendment forbidding the state to recognize any marriage that is not heterosexual.

VIEW FROM AWAY: Collins’ merit badge – NBA center, Jason Collins, had become uncomfortable keeping his sexual orientation a secret and earlier this week made a public announcement that he is gay. He is now the first openly gay athlete in pro sports, a change that will hopefully lead to more players feeling comfortable coming out to the public. The Boy Scouts have offered up a feeble proposal that would allow gay youth, but continue it’s discrimination against gay leaders. As Scouting is all about families, the Scouts need to take a hint and move forward with the times allowing an all inclusive membership. Being LGBT just isn’t that big of a deal in the public’s eyes anymore.

BSA should accept gay Scouts, leaders – In a vote to come later this month the BSA has proposed to lift the ban on openly gay youth, but continue forward with it’s ban on openly gay adult leaders (anyone starting when they turn 18 years old). This proposal has people on both sides of the controversy saying that the inconsistency within the proposal is not acceptable. Some religious groups will pull their charters for troops if gay youth is allowed in Scouting and many of those in favor of inclusiveness for all feel the proposal would ultimately not be enough of a change.

Scouts’ proposal would ‘increase boy-on-boy sexual contact’ – John Stemberger, founder of OnMyHonor.net and an Eagle Scout has sent a letter to the more than 1400 members of the National Council who will be voting on the BSA’s proposed change that would allow openly gay Scouts to participate in Scouting until their 18th birthday. He believes that if the proposal is passed it would lead to unwanted activities between boys. On the other side, proponents of allowing all LGBT people to participate fully in Scouting, are not satisfied with the level of the new proposal either. This group feels that the step would fall short of what is truly needed to make an acceptable change within the Boy Scouts of America.

“Opening the Boy Scouts to boys who openly proclaim being sexually attracted to other boys and/or openly identify themselves as ‘gay’ will inevitably create an increase of boy-on-boy sexual contact,” says John Stemberger, Eagle Scout and founder of OnMyHonor.Net, in an open letter to Scout leaders.

Apr 22

BSA Coalition Offers Alternate Resolution on Adult Members, Leaders, and Parents

A coalition of Scout leaders led by Jay Lenrow from the Northeast Region has submitted an alternate resolution to the BSA to allow units to welcome adult members, leaders, and parents regardless of sexual orientation. This resolution was delivered to the BSA this morning, the deadline for consideration at the BSA’s 2013 annual meeting next month.

Cover Letter for BSA Resolution on Adult Leadership

BSA Resolution on Adult Leadership

The relevant language from the resolution reads:

All adult applicants must possess the moral, educational, and emotional
qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive
leadership to youth. The applicant must also be the correct age, subscribe to the
precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and abide by the
Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

That each Chartered Organization of the Boy Scouts of America shall have
the right (but not be required) to grant membership to individuals who, in the best
judgment of that Chartered Organization, demonstrate behavior that exemplifies
the highest level of good conduct and respect for others in accordance with the
mission of the BSA and is consistent with the principles and teachings of that
Chartered Organization, without regard to sexual orientation.

They have asked for help in encouraging the BSA’s National Council to allow a vote on, and then vote for the resolution. You can find your local BSA council by putting your ZIP code into BSA’s web form at BeAScout.org.

Apr 19

Press Release on Proposed Policy Change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2013

Press contacts:
Christopher Hayes (518) 466-4386
Mark Noel (603) 387-7731
Matt Comer (336) 391-9528

INCLUSIVE SCOUTING NETWORK VOICES RESERVATION AND CONCERN OVER PROPOSED GAY SCOUT POLICY

Proposed policy would maintain institutionalized discrimination, limit opportunities of openly gay Boy Scout youth

The Inclusive Scouting Network, a group of current and former members of the Boy Scouts of America founded shortly after the Supreme Court’s Boy Scouts v. Dale decision in 2000, is voicing reservation and concern over today’s proposed policy change by the Boy Scouts of America regarding gay members and leaders. The Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of America released their proposed policy today, which keeps the gay ban in place for adult leaders but would prohibit kicking out openly gay Scout youth members “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone” [emphasis added]. The policy must be voted on at a national meeting of more than 1,400 Scout representatives in May and would not go into effect until 2014.

“We believe the proposed policy is a small step forward, but does not go nearly far enough in addressing issues of discrimination against gay Boy Scout members and leaders,” said Christopher Hayes, one of the co-founders of The Inclusive Scouting Network. “This policy maintains institutionalized discrimination, leaves open the possibility of harassment and bullying of gay youth, and continues to send the wrong message to youth members that discrimination is acceptable.”

“Under this policy, every gay Scout will eventually be kicked out — it’s only a question of when,” said Mark Noel, another co-founder of The Inclusive Scouting Network. “Allowing a 16 year old to stay and complete his Eagle is a step forward, but why would he stay when the same policy will kick him out as soon as he turns 18? The message here is that LGBT people still aren’t welcome in the BSA and have no future in Scouting.”

The proposed policy is concerning on several levels, including:
• the limitation for Scout advancement past the age of 18,
• the continued institutional message that discrimination is acceptable,
• the implication that LGBT youth don’t know what they’re doing when they come out,
• the lack of anti-bullying and anti-harassment provisions for gay youth in chartered units with anti-gay theological positions, and
• the lack of any provision granting recourse to youth denied opportunities for membership under this proposed policy.

The Inclusive Scouting Network believes the proposed policy, though deeply flawed, is better than the current policy and therefore urges representatives to the national meeting in May to pass it. However, the organization will continue working to ensure that the Boy Scouts of America will become a safe and affirming environment for all Scouts, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and religious belief. The only acceptable policy is a comprehensive national policy of non-discrimination that does not expire with age.

“The Boy Scouts of America’s proposed policy is a delaying tactic in dealing with important issues of inclusion and discrimination,” said ISN co-founder Matt Comer. “This issue will not go away, as indicated by the Scouts’ own surveys showing a majority of their own youth members ages 16-18 oppose the discriminatory policy.”

Over ten thousand people across the nation and the globe are speaking out against the Boy Scouts of America’s continued discriminatory practices by wearing the Network’s Inclusive Scouting Award. Introduced in 2002, the Inclusive Scouting Award is a small, multicolored patch designed to mimic other adult leader awards worn on the scout uniform and modeled after the “safe space” sticker programs used in high schools that research has shown to be very effective at improving the environment for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and other at-risk youth. The Inclusive Scouting Award identifies wearers as supporters of inclusive scouting and allies to Scouts and Scouters threatened with exclusion by the BSA’s discriminatory membership policies. Because the emblem has never been approved by the BSA, its motto is “You earn it by wearing it.”

The two ropes of the square knot on the Inclusive Scouting Award patch symbolize religion and sexual orientation. One rope is silver and purple – colors the BSA reserves for religious emblems. The other rope is rainbow-colored – a pattern that is representative of diversity and is used widely in LGBT communities as a symbol of pride and unity. According to reported BSA statements, the proposed change to membership policies would apply only to sexual orientation and would not change BSA’s longstanding national policy of barring all atheist, agnostic, and non-theist youth and adults from the program.

Inclusive Scouting Network
PO Box 2853
Malta, NY 12020
info@inclusivescouting.net
www.inclusivescouting.net

Press resources: http://www.inclusivescouting.net/media/

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Mar 05

In the News

Carly Rae Jepsen, Train pull out of Boy Scout event over gay ban – Tuesday morning Carly Rae Jepsen Tweeted that she is a supporter of equality and will not be playing at the BSA’s National Jamboree scheduled for this summer. Band Train had already expressed their opinion and backed out unless the BSA lifts the ban before the Jamboree. Thousands of petitions and rewuests by individuals and GLAAD prompted the two bands to review their decision.

Train Backs Out of Boy Scouts Jamboree Over Gay Ban – Train, the band based out of San Francisco, has bowed out of playing at the BSA’s National Jamboree due to the BSA’s ban on openly gay people. They were made aware of this policy by GLAAD, Derek Nance and a petition with over 3,000 signature’s asking them not to play.

PHOTOS: Eagle Scout Delivers 120,000 Petitions Calling For NatGeo To Denounce Boy Scouts’ Gay Ban – Earlier today in Washington, DC openly gay WIll Oliver and members of GLAAD delivered over 120,000 petition signatures to National Geographic in an attempt to persuade them to acknowledge the BSa’s ban on gays and to cancel the showing of new TV show ‘Are you Tougher than a Boy Scout?’

By failing to acknowledge the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory policy, National Geographic Channel is turning a cold shoulder to gay and allied viewers. Silence implies apathy towards all the Scouts and leaders who have been forced to hide who they are,” Oliver said before delivering the petitions. “Over 120,000 people have spoken — not to demand that the show be canceled — but to ask that National Geographic Channel reaffirm its core belief in non-discrimination.”

Boy Scouts, Dump Your ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy (Part 2): The Exclusion of Gays – A brief history of the Boy Scouts Ban on gays in Scouting beginning with the first memorandum in 1978 through the upcoming vote in May.

Culture warriors in Boy Scouts gay membership battle keep hurling hand grenades at each other – The clash between sides in the debate over whether or not the BSA will lift its ban on gays in scouting continues. The LGBT community likens their position to the civil rights movement and is gaining traction with a lot of national companies and members across the country.

Boy Scouts: Tony Perkins Praises Rick Perry And 60 Texas Republicans Supporting Gay Ban

Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins is praising a recent open anti-gay letter to the Boy Scouts of America signed by over 60 Texas Republican elected officials. The letter, which originally appeared on a website run by Texas Values, say the signatories “strongly encourage the Boy Scouts of America to stick with their decades of support for family values and moral principles.

National Geographic Rejects Gay Scout’s Petition Request – National Geographic did reject the request to put a disclaimer on their new show airing tonight called, ‘Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?’, but did offer Will Oliver space to write a blog on the shows website.

Mar 04

In the News

Local Boy Scouts gathering opinions on gay ban – The Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America which is comprised of about 29,000 members and are asking their volunteers to consider the upcoming vote by the BSA to overturn their discriminatory practices of banning gay members and leaders from the organization.

Glenn Gruenhagen, Minnesota Rep: Homosexuality Is An ‘Unhealthy Sexual Addiction’ – Not only does MN Republican Glenn Gruenhagen says they homosexuality is an unhealthy addiction, he also tries to use scientific genome mapping to declare ‘there is no gay gene’ and therefore homosexuality is not a predetermined characteristic like ones skin color.

FRC Lauds Texas Leaders for Backing Boy Scouts’ No-Gay Policy – As many as 60 elected officials from Texas including Gov. Rick Perry have written an open letter to the BSA in hopes that by showing their support of the BSA’s ban on homosexuals, it will sway the organization to continue their current discriminatory practices.

FRC President Tony Perkins said in a statement Friday, referring to an open letter the leaders have written to the BSA. “As leaders from the Boy Scouts organization meet in Texas, we hope that seeing the solidarity of so many Texas leaders will encourage them to reaffirm their current policy on homosexuality.

Boy Scouts should resist allowing gay leaders, members – Letter writer takes a dim view of any policy change.

GLAAD to Carly Rae Jepsen: Denounce Scouts’ Gay Ban, Maybe? – Carly Rae Jepsen and Train are both scheduled to headline at the BSA’s national jamboree in July, but Train has announced that they will not perform unless the BSA votes to overturn its current policy on banning gays in May. Derek Nance started the petition to bring light to the bands and is now looking for additional support to send to Jepsen. Sign petition via article.