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Gay-Friendly Scouting Organization Doubles Its Numbers in One Year

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Mother Jones
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April 16, 2013
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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which discriminates against gay scouts, atheists, and families who want to put their sons and daughters in the same scouting program, has seen its membership plummet in the last decade. Many former scouts have left scouting altogether. But a number of families fed up with BSA policies have found Navigators USA—a small organization that "welcomes all people...no matter what gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious or lack of religious belief" and has seen its chapters (comparable to Boy Scout troops) double in the last year. "We knew the Boy Scouts excluded gays when we started, but we thought that was one of the old, outdated rules on its way off the books," says Bryan Freed, whose family switched from the Boy Scouts to a Navigators chapter in Los Altos, California, after the Boy Scouts publicly reaffirmed their ban on gay Scouts and Scoutmasters in July 2012. "We told our 8-year-old son Nathan what we thought of the official BSA rule on excluding gays, and we let him decide."