Thursday, May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts end ban on gay Scouts but . . .

From the Human Rights Campaign:

In a historic move, 1,400 leaders from the nation’s local Boy Scouts of America Councils gave the green light to equality for gay Scouts, voting to end the organization’s long standing ban on gay youth.  Unfortunately the new policy does not go far enough, leaving adult Eagle Scouts, scout leaders, and parents behind.  The resolution passed today reads in part, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” 
"Today is a historic day for Boy Scouts across the country who want to be a part of this great American institution," said HRC President Chad Griffin.  "But the new policy doesn’t go far enough.  Parents and adults of good moral character, regardless of sexual orientation, should be able to volunteer their time to mentor the next generation of Americans."

"The Boy Scouts of America can do better," said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and Executive Director of Scouts for Equality.  "We welcome the news that the ban on gay Scouts is history, but our work isn’t over until we honor the Scout Law by making this American institution open and affirming to all."
 
Unanswered in the new policy is the issue of employment discrimination by BSA.  Currently, the BSA job application for "professional commission" explicitly says gays need not apply. The application, which comes from the BSA’s national office and appears to be in use across the country, reads:  "The Boy Scouts of America will not employ atheists, agnostics, known or avowed homosexuals." The full application can be viewed here.

Still work to do. But for now, let's celebrate this step forward.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

This just sounds like it might be the founding of the world's largest 'pray the gay way' organization... I hope not, but when the organization is continuing to deprive young gay men/boys of positive gay male role models...

Anonymous said...

The headlines should be reading "BSA votes to kick gay scouts out at age 18"

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess there will be new badges for interior decorating, flower arranging, and method acting now.

BlackTsunami said...

Oh brother, anonymous. That was droll and tacky.