Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
January 30, 2013

While the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory practices never cease to amaze me, it seems that they have a new partner in bigotry: the National Geographic Channel. The channel will air a new reality show called -- you guessed it! -- Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? Nat Geo reps say that the cable network is an equal-opportunity employer, and that it does "not discriminate in any capacity." Well, I disagree with Nat Geo. I believe that support of the BSA is support of its anti-gay policies. They go hand in hand. This fact was demonstrated when the National Geographic Channel refused to issue a disclaimer expressing disagreement with the BSA's policies. That decision is being challenged by a 20-year-old Eagle Scout named Will Oliver, who received his Eagle rank in 2010 and is also gay.