Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Holder Supports Gay Scout Leaders

Attorney General Eric Holder stated at a Lambda Legal event Tuesday that the Boy Scouts of America position to continue to ban gay & lesbian leaders promotes "the worst kind of stereotypes.'' Last month we reported that former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates took a giant step backwards in his new position as president of the Boy Scouts of America by confirming he will not end the ban on gay scout leaders. Holder stated, "It's a relic of an age of prejudice & insufficient understanding. Today, courageous lesbian, gay & bisexual individuals routinely put their lives on the line as members of America’s armed services. They inspire us, they protect us & they defend us. And if these men & women are fit for military service, then surely they are fit to mentor, to teach & to serve as role models for the leaders of future generations.” Jennifer Tyrrell the gay Ohio mom ousted by the Boy Scouts of America in 2012 stated, "This isn't just about Boy Scouts this is about equality in all aspects of life. Boy Scouts of America needs to realize that they're sending a dangerous message to children by telling them that they're not good enough. I am making sure no parent ever has to look their child in the eye & say we're not good enough. You have no idea how much that hurts because Alicia & I are good enough & these kids, that we're raising, are amazing. Ask anyone." I spoke to Jennifer Tyrrell about this at the GLAAD Awards in NYC in this exclusive audio byte:
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