Earlier today I wrote about how the president of the prestigious James Beard Foundation, Susan Ungaro, had accepted an award from the Boy Scouts of America, which bans gay scouts and gay scoutmasters. It was especially troubling considering that the legendary chef and cookbook writer James Beard was an openly gay man who was thrown out of Reed College in Portland in 1922 for precisely the same reason: because he was gay.
I'd reached out to Susan Ungaro through her PR representative for an explanation and reported her response, also opining that I didn't believe someone so respected in the food industry, which includes many gay people, could really have knowingly supported an antigay organization. And I asked if she would be returning the award to the Boy Scouts. The blog was up for only a few hours when I received a note from Ms. Ungaro telling me that she is in fact doing just that: