Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Boy Scouts Gay Saga

This has become such a huge story that even mainstream media has kicked off their broadcasts with the breaking news that the Boy Scouts of America are considering lifting their ban on our LGBT community. This development follows a nearly yearlong campaign by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) & Scouts for Equality as well as Change.org petitions signed by more than 1.2 million people calling for an end to this discrimination. This issue was a focal point of last year’s GLAAD Media Awards when Jennifer Tyrrell, a mom & den leader from Ohio who was removed from her 7-year-old's Cub Scout Pack for being gay & Zach Wahls an Eagle Scout raised by 2 gay moms addressed the audience. Wahls who is also founder of Scouts for Equality stated, "This would be an incredible step forward in the right direction. We look forward to working with BSA Councils & chartering organizations across the country to end the exclusion of our gay brothers in Scouting, as well as the gay & lesbian leaders who serve the organizations so well." Chad Griffin President of HRC added, "The pulse of equality is strong in America & today it beats a bit faster with news that the Boy Scouts may finally put an end to its long history of discrimination. Our nation & its leaders respect lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender citizens & it's time the Boy Scouts echo those values." Of course we must mention that the BSA has loss funding by gay friendly companies that has effected this action. According to sources the BSA policy change could come as early as next week. Updates to Come…:)


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