Scouts for Equality requesting essays by gay Boy Scouts

Scouts for Equality (SFE) is requesting essays from anonymous gay Boy Scouts to be read at the Equal Scouting Summit in Grapevine, TX during the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting. They're hoping to hear, firsthand, about how the ban on gay youth and leaders in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has affected gay Scouts in the organization.

SFE has put up a webpage at which you can submit an essay anonymously to be read at the Equal Scouting Summit at:

Next week, 1400 members of the Boy Scouts of America National Council will converge in Dallas to vote on whether or not the organization should allow gay youth to participate. This would still prevent gay parents from volunteering and participating in their children's lives.

If you'd like to take further action on this issue you can visitng to sign petitions, write letters, and find messages to post on social media!

GLAAD first started calls for the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay scouts and scout leaders in April 2012 after Jennifer Tyrrell, a mom and den leader from Ohio was removed from her 7-year-old’s Cub Scout Pack for being gay. Tyrrell’s orginal petition has attracted more than 343,000 signatures in support of ending the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay Scouts and leaders. Tyrrell, together with GLAAD, has launched a new petition to urge the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to completely lift its anti-gay ban on both youth members and adult employees and volunteers. To take action on this issue please visit For more on GLAAD's work on this campaign, including a timeline of key events, visit