Boy Scouts Contradict Their Own Handbook in Defending Anti-Gay Policy

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In a post last month, I explored the absurdity of the Boy Scouts of America’s frequent claim that “the topic of sexual orientation” does not have a “role” in Scouting, pointing out how frequently the BSA discusses−and celebrates−heterosexuality.

This follow-up post looks at how the organization’s attempts to restrict Scouts’ LGBT-supportive expression stand in conflict with the official Boy Scout Handbook and other BSA materials. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

What the Boy Scouts (Pretend to) Forget:
Heterosexuals Have a Sexual Orientation Too

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I was disappointed to see that, consistent with its strange new policy of allowing openly gay youth while excluding openly gay adults, the Boy Scouts of America recently dismissed an openly gay Scout leader in Seattle, 49-year-old Eagle Scout Geoffrey McGrath.

Reading through stories this past week about the discriminatory decision, I was also dismayed (but not surprised) to see that the Scouts still misrepresent their policy by trying to make it sound like a neutral policy against discussing “sexual orientation” instead of a discriminatory policy against gay and bisexual people. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

LGBT Youth News Roundup: July 1, 2013

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The last several weeks have brought a whirlwind of LGBT news, with major developments coming not just from the Supreme Court, but also from several states (including Colorado and New Jersey) and from Russia. Here are just a few highlights of the many stories about and affecting youth.