Activists tell Gay Star News they won’t stop until Boy Scouts of America is truly equal – Zach Wahls and Jennifer Tyrrell are two LGBT activists that find themselves at the forefront of the controversial Scouting ban against gay Scouts and leaders. The issue will be voted on later this month, but both Wahls and Tyrrell agree that the proposal made by the BSA is not taking the issue far enough. Both are committed to continue fighting this battle until all LGBT families have the same rights to participate in Scouting as other people do now.
The Mormon Church’s support for gay boy scouts is no surprise at all – A look inside the policies and practices of the Mormon church show that the BSA’s proposal to allow the participation of openly gay youth is actually not going to be any change to their current policies at all. The Mormon church already allows gay adults and youth to obtain full membership within the church as long as they remain completely celibate. They also assign members to be troop leaders, whether they have any interest in Scouting or not, which allows them to prevent any gay adult from ever becoming a Scout Troop leader.
Boy Scouts Demand Anti-Gay Scouting Group Change Logo – John Stemberger, an attorney and the founder of OnMyHonor.net, was recently called out by the BSA for illegally using a Scouting logo as their own and making a profit from selling the patch themselves. Stromberger argued that his organization is a part of the BSA and is therefore not infringing on any copyright patents, but the BSA refused and re-stated that the BSA considers OnMyHonor.net to be an outside (third party) organization. After trying to defend its position as a part of the BSA program, an agreement was reached that OnMyHonor.net would no longer use BSA logos and in its newsletter stated the following:
“NOTE: We have a new logo because our efforts are making a real difference! We received a call from the BSA’s General Counsel telling us that we were a third party violating their copyright by utilizing the BSA “Timeless Values” logo. We responded that we are not a third “outside” party, we are actual members of the BSA simply using a BSA logo to support the policies of the BSA! Although we believed we were not violating any copyright laws, we agreed to change the logo out of respect for the organization. To celebrate the change we are making this special gift patch available. Wear it proudly!
10 Offensive Arguments Against Allowing Gay Boy Scouts – OnMyHonor’s founder, John Stromberger, released an article containing an offensive list of statements aimed at continuing the current anti-gay discriminatory policies being enforced by the BSA at a national level. The list Stromberger released can be viewed via the link above to the article.
Boy Scouts holding Scout-O-Rama fundraiser this weekend – Today in Sandy, Utah the Boy Scouts Great Lakes Council is holding their annual Scout-O-Rama fundraiser. The group lost sponsorship from national chain, Chipotle, who cited differences in discrimination policies as their reason. The withdrawal was specifically due to the BSA’s current discriminatory policies banning gay youth and leaders from participating in Scouting. The Great Lakes Council states that it has had no trouble finding alternate sponsors to fill in the gap and are going forward as planned. The BSA is voting on a new proposal this month that, if passed, would allow gay youth up through 17 years of age to participate in Scouting, but would continue to ban all LGBT people ages 18 and older from any level of participation.
Scouting for justice: Father, son make stop at City Hall for LGBT rights – Father and son team, Dave and Joe McGrath, began the first leg of their journey to fight for equal rights in the LGBT community on Friday, May 3rd. On that first leg they stopped at the Pocatello City Hall to leave a note of protest (a musical note) against Idaho’s failure to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance, that if it had passed, would have provided protection for the LGBT community in many areas of their lives. The twosome (Old Scouts Promise) are riding their bikes 1,800 miles to BSA Headquarters in Irving, TX to post a letter to the headquarters door listing 95 reasons they disagree with the BSA’s current discriminatory policies against gay youth and adults.
Scouts agree to vacate Center City headquarters – In Center City, Philadelphia the Boy Scouts of America’s local chapter, the Cradle of Liberty Council, has reached a settlement with the city and agreed to vacate the premises. This settlement comes after a 5 year legal battle that began due to the BSA’s discriminatory policies against gay youth and adults. This discrimination directly violates Philadelphia’s fair-practices law and the city stated that any organization in conflict with Philly’s law is not allowed to receive benefits from them. The BSA’s local chapter has been using the building for around 84 years, rent free. The local BSA troop had tried to reverse the BSA’s national discriminatory policies at a local level, but was denied by BSA’s national headquarters.
Co-founder of Scouts for Equality to speak at Fellowship meeting –
“Leo Giannini, co-founder of Scouts for Equality, an organization fighting to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts, will speak, Sunday, May 5 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake. His speech will be about taking a stand for what people believe in. Giannini lecture entitled, “Taking a stand for Boy Scout Equality” discusses why he decided to take a stand for inclusion and how it has changed the way he approaches every problem or issue he views as wrong.”