Boy Scouts of America

GUEST POST: A gay Mormon pleads for inclusive Scouting

Some of us don’t have to imagine how painful it is to be a gay Scout. We were one. Growing up as a Mormon boy in Idaho, scouting was pretty much built into my pathway to becoming an adult. It was as much a part of the plan for my youth as many Mormon rights of passage: baptism, being ordained to the priesthood, and passing the sacrament on Sundays.

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LGBT and allied organizations call for equality in Scouting

LGBT and allied organizations across the country are speaking up for equality in Scouting, as 1,400 Boy Scouts of America voting members in Dallas vote today on making Scouting more inclusive.

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President of Boy Scouts to USA Today: Let in gay youth

USA Today published an op-ed by Wayne Perry, the President of the Boy Scouts of America, in which he urges the 1,400 voting members gathering in Dallas to vote to allow gay youth to be a part of Scouting.

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Photos: GLAAD on the ground at the Boy Scouts vote in Dallas

GLAAD wrapped up its press conference in Dallas, as 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts of America National Council meet in Dallas to vote on a resolution critical to equality in Scouting. Get a full recap of today's events and see a video of James Dale speaking about the anti-gay ban by following our live blog at www.glaad.org/scouts.

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May 22, 2013

Anti-gay activists only present less than 19,000 signatures to Boy Scouts

Anti-gay activists from Alliance Defending Freedom presented less than 19,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts of America requesting that they keep in place their anti-gay membership policy. This compared to the 1.8 million presented in a petition by Scouts for Equality.

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May 21, 2013

VIDEO: Exclusive hidden camera footage of Eric Jones being kicked out of Boy Scouts for being gay

Thanks to newly-released hidden camera footage, now all Americans can watch the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) fire Eric

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May 21, 2013

Catholic Church sees "hopeful future" for Boy Scouts if gays included

The Catholic Church, in a letter to Scouts for Equality (SFE), states that it is "hopeful" about the future of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) even if it votes to include openly gay scouts later this week.

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May 21, 2013

Time Magazine provides extensive background on Boy Scouts vote

Time Magazine published an article covering Thursday's vote within the Boy Scouts of America to drop their ban on gay members. The reporter, Elizabeth Dias, covered the work of both pro- and anti-gay organizations, including the work of GLAAD, Change.org, and Scouts for Equality (SFE).

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May 20, 2013

Connecticut Yankee Council opens Scouting to gay youth and adults

The Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America has announced that it will open to gay youth and adults.

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Gay Boy Scout employee to Time Magazine: I can't live a lie any longer

Just days before 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts of America National Council converge in Dallas to vote on a resolution critical to equality in Scouting, Time Magazine has published an op-ed written by a gay employee of the Boy Scouts, calling for a repeal of the ban on gay Scouts and leaders. The author wished to remain anonymous, but shared a wealth of information on how much the anti-gay ban has damaged the viability and reputation of the Scouts, hurt efforts to recruit more Scouts, and taken its toll on his own well-being.

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