Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Youth

From the New York Times:

“The decision, which followed years of resistance and wrenching internal debate, was widely seen as a milestone for the Boy Scouts, a symbol of traditional America. More than 1,400 volunteer leaders from across the country voted, with more than 60 percent approving a measure that said no youth may be denied membership ‘on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.'”

As a proud Eagle Scout and supporter of LGBT rights, I have had to come to terms with the organization’s position on the matter. To many in my generation, banning people on the basis of sexual orientation no different than banning them based on race. It’s completely unacceptable and has no place in our society. How could I be part of an organization that discriminates like that?

I’ve always had the faith that change would come in time, and that at its heart the BSA was a good group of people. Or at least my troop was. I couldn’t abandon them just because of a few out-of-touch bible thumpers a thousand miles away didn’t like gay people.

It’s important to note that this change only applies to youth, so gay adult leaders are still not allowed. The problem with this is that as soon as a gay scout becomes 18 and is considered an adult by the BSA, he would be forced out of Scouting. However, I am optimistic that in time the Scouts will allow LGBT adult leaders.

Welcome to the 21st century, BSA.

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