Big News! Recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen announced that she will withdraw as headliner of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, following a campaign launched by GLAAD and Eagle Scout Derek Nance, whose Change.org petition calling on the 'Call Me Maybe' star to denounce the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and scout leaders has amassed over 62,000 signatures.
There is no link between gay people and the sexual abuse of minors
Dear concerned parents and educators,
Our nation’s leaders and experts have rightly decided over the last several decades that our children are not at greater risk when openly gay people are placed in positions of authority over youth. Openly gay people are our children’s trusted teachers, coaches, nurses, caregivers, chaperones, babysitters, clergy, and counselors.
It is important that parents and educators understand that sexual abuse is about power, not attraction.
While February was declared Black History Month to recognize the many accomplishments and contributions of African Americans, the lives of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people are often left out of the picture. From civil rights leader Bayard Rustin to community advocate Mandy Carter to well-renowned inventor George Washington Carver, black LGBT people have enriched our nation and our lives.
The Boy Scouts of America has decided not to make a decision to end the ban on gay scouts and leaders. Take action now! Send a message to the Boy Scouts that we won't rest. On January 28, 2013, news broke that the Boy Scouts of America is "actively considering" an end to the policy that bans gay scouts and leaders following a campaign by GLAAD, Scouts for Equality and others. The policy, which is being discussed, would remove the ban from the national organization’s rules, land allow local sponsoring organizations to decide whether to allow openly gay scouts. GLAAD has been actively working to end this policy since April 2012. We worked with individuals like Jennifer Tyrrell and Ryan Andresen, as well as groups like Scouts for Equality who were all working to end the ban. Millions of Americans have joined GLAAD and lent their voices to the chorus calling for a change.
This spring, National Geographic Channel will begin airing, "Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout." By airing the series, National Geographic Channel has stepped into a uniquely influential role as a strategic business partner of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The show is being used to market the BSA to young people, but fails to inform viewers about the organization's dangerous anti-gay policy. Join GLAAD, Scouts for Equality and 20 year-old Eagle Scout Will Oliver to urge National Geographic Channel to speak out against discrimination
Blue Coat Services provides web filtering products to corporations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies. We ask that Blue Coat eliminate the option to block websites based on the LGBT category.
The Supreme Court decisions on the discriminatory 'Defense of Marriage Act' and California's Proposition 8 are expected in June, and could come as early as June 3. Since the Supreme Court hearings, three more states have passed marriage equality, bringing the total number to 12, plus the District of Columbia. Clearly, the momentum is on the side of marriage equality.
If you and your loved one plan to get married on the first possible day in Washington (Dec. 6th for licences, Dec. 9 for wedding dates), Maryland (Jan. 1) or Maine (TBD), or you're hoping to get married in California, then please take a few minutes to share your story with us and we’ll be in touch with you.