George Takei scolds Boy Scouts of America

Star Trek icon and former scout says anti-gay policy casts 'a long and ugly shadow across the organization'

George Takei scolds Boy Scouts of America
27 April 2012

As a kid, Star Trek icon George Takei was a Boy Scout, a member of Troop 379.

But the openly gay star is speaking out against his former organization which this week, reiterated its stance against allowing gays and lesbians to participate. The group has been under fire for dismissing Ohio den mom Jennifer Tyrrell as leader of her son’s troop because she is a lesbian.

'Ms. Tyrrell had taken the troop to soup kitchens and on conservation projects at a local state park. She imbued in the scouts the core values of citizenship, compassion, respect, and responsibility,' Takei writes on his website in a post titled Enough is Enough. 'But no matter: She was hounded out, merely because of who she is and who she loves.'

Takei added: 'As a former scout, it is particularly distressing to see this rigid homophobia of the scout leadership exercised so callously in this day and age. While I respect the right of organizations to their beliefs, when the organization is as influential as the Boy Scouts, I am compelled to speak out–and I have just as much right to voice my opposition to bigotry and call for its end.'

Takei, who has become a prominent LGBT activist in recent years, added that because of the anti-gay policy, 'there remains a long and ugly shadow across the organization.'

He is urging people to use his website to contact the president of the Boy Scouts of America.

'Let him know that intolerance and prejudice have no place in an organization as cherished as his, and that here in the year 2012, it is high time they changed their ways.'

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Macklemore’s Same Love enters Billboard Top 20, predicted to go No. 1

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ LGBT equality anthem has been ranked in the Billboard Top 20 following the US Supreme Court on Prop 8 and DOMA, with predictions the song will become a number one hit
No thumbnail available

Now is the time to talk about race

It is not the post-racial era we dreamed of
No thumbnail available

Europe may punish Ukraine for gay censorship law

European Union may put new visa rules on hold to punish Ukraine if it presses ahead with ‘homosexual propaganda’ law plan
No thumbnail available

Whitney Houston funeral

Whitney Houston's funeral held today
No thumbnail available

Marriage: They’re pinching our word

Robert Canning debunks the religious lobbies arguments against gays getting use of the word ‘marriage’ and explains the meaning of ‘bunksnaft’
No thumbnail available

Rock singer Tyler Glenn on how his struggle to remain Mormon and be openly gay

'I wasn't wanting to be so quick to just throw awaythings that I believe in that I still find are true'
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

‘I’ll shoot you’ for teaching marriage equality, tweets professional wrestler

Pro wrestler Jay Briscoe posted a violent message in response to Delaware legalizing same-sex marriage
No thumbnail available

London gay bar refuses entry to wheelchair user

Comptons of Soho have admitted to making a 'mistake' after telling a man with multiple scleroris it would be unsafe for him to enter the venue