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August 13, 2014

Camp Abercorn tells stories that confront the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America are no longer kicking gay kids out of their organization - that is until they turn 18.

One of kids is Jeffrey Simon, an Eagle Scout who is now too old to be a part of scouting because gay adult leaders and staff members remain banned.

Simon is making a web series called Camp Abercorn which confronts the BSA's discriminatory policies by telling authentic stories about scout camping.

July 31, 2014

Tico Perez, national commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, has ruled out having adult gays and lesbians as scout leaders any time soon but says it's not because the scouting movement views them in any way as potential sexual predators

Boy Scouts of America national commissioner Hector 'Tico' Perez has made it absolutely clear that the reason why his organization will not let openly gay or lesbian people be scout leaders is not because they are viewed as more likely to be pedophiles.

July 30, 2014

What makes Sacramento’s Rainbow Troop 2384 slightly different to other Girl Scout groups? Most of its children come from LGBT families. GSN talked to the troop’s founder, Alisha DeCou, to find out more

Alisha DeCou says she was raised by religious parents who had a tolerant and open-minded outlook on life. From a young age, she was taught that not all people are attracted to people of the opposite gender, and that all humans are unique and worthy of love.

Bisexual herself, she is now married and lives with her husband, three sons (aged 13, 12 and 5) and three daughters (aged 7, 2 and eight months).

June 24, 2014

Gay scouts past and present and their allies to participate in oldest LGBTI pride event in the US

Openly gay members of the Boys Scouts of America will make history on Sunday (29 June) when they participate in the 44th Annual New York City Pride March.

Until last January, a member of the scouts could be booted from the organization for being gay. Openly gay adults are still banned from being leaders.

Active and former Boy Scouts and leaders will present the American flag during the opening ceremony then serve as Color Guard during the march of more than 14,000 people down Fifth Avenue.

June 11, 2014

The Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding members once they become adults has been criticized by Attorney General Eric Holder in the strongest statement by a US official against the policy to date

US Attorney General Eric Holder has made a stinging criticism of the Boy Scouts of America excluding gay and lesbian adults from scouting in comments to a Washington gathering of LGBTI legal advocate Lambda Legal.

‘The continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders – by an iconic American institution – only preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes,’ Holder said Tuesday.

May 24, 2014

Robert Gates has said he would have allowed gay adults in the Boy Scouts of America, but opening up the debate again now would be too problematic

The newly elected president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has said he would have supported gay adult members in the scouts.

Robert Gates, who was elected the new president of the BSA on 22 May, said he would have voted in favour of allowing openly gay adults in the scouts last year, but he won’t open up the issue again because of the problems it may cause.

April 30, 2014

An Arizona Boy Scout member, aged 19, is contesting the organization’s ‘no gay adults’ rule after he was accidentally outed on Facebook

A gay 19-year-old says the Boy Scouts of America isn’t re-hiring him because of his sexuality.

Garrett Bryant, a 19-year-old from Arizona, has been serving in the Boy Scouts since he was 11, but had decided to keep his sexuality a private matter in order to keep serving in the Boy Scouts, according to NBC News.

April 21, 2014

Rainier Beach United Methodist church in Seattle stood by Geoffrey McGrath when he got fired for being gay, now the Boy Scouts of America want nothing to do with them

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have told a Seattle church they cannot host a troop, because the scoutmaster is an openly gay man.

The BSA wrote to Rainier Beach United Methodist Church over the Easter holiday saying they are no longer affiliated with them because of their connection with gay scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.

April 9, 2014

Geoff McGrath vows to continue to serve his local troop in Seattle

The Boy Scouts of America does not think Geoff McGrath is fit to continuing serving as a scoutmaster in Seattle because he is gay.

His troop and its charter organization disagree and are standing by McGrath after he had his registration revoked this week by the BSA.

Even though the BSA ended its ban on gay scouts at the start of the year, the ban remains in place for gay and lesbian adult leaders like McGrath.

McGrath has vowed to continue to lead the troop.

April 1, 2014

After a gay troop leader took his Boy Scouts to a Pride parade, he was accused of 'injecting homosexuality into scouting'

A gay scout leader is speaking out afer getting fired from the Boy Scouts of America because he ‘deliberately injected’ his homosexuality into a scout troop.

Geoff McGrath, an Eagle Scout leader who is thought to be the first openly gay scout leader in America, started a new troop through a local church in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood.

But the 49-year-old was removed from his position because they believed he had breached the national scout policy against gay leaders in the organisation.

December 31, 2013

A 17-year-old boy is hoping one of the largest youth organizations in the US will allow LGBTI adults to become scout leaders

On New Year’s Day, one of the largest youth organizations in the United States will finally open its doors to openly gay members.

Scout Pascal Tessier, 17, will be one of the first to break down the barriers.

The Maryland state teen has said he has always felt ‘not good enough’ to be in the Boy Scouts.

‘You’re openly gay and that’s never going to happen and because you’re gay, you’re not good enough,’ Tessier explained.

December 29, 2013

As the day gets nearer for open gay troop membership, Boy States of America expect a boring transition

On 1 January, the Boy Scouts of America will begin to accept openly gay members. While the policy change is historic, BSA representatives expect little change.

'My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,'  Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member, who also chairs the policy implementation committee, said to the Associated Press. 'It's business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.'

October 31, 2013

Matthew McConaughey on his homophobic character with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey's character in Dallas Buyers Club is an unlikely hero in the early fight against AIDS.

'He’s a bastard, son of a bitch, homophobe, bigot with a seventh-grade education, a two-bit electrician cowboy who gets the HIV and becomes a scientist,' McConaughey tells The Wrap of the real-life character of Ron Woodruff.

Woodruff, a straight electrician from Texas, contracted HIV from drug use and at one point was given 30 days to live by a doctor in the early 1980s.

September 10, 2013

Trail Life USA hopes to provide a home for people who feel excluded from the Boy Scouts of American because the scouts won't exclude gay teens

A group set up by people who have left the Boy Scouts of America after the scouts allowed openly gay teens to become scouts launched in Tennessee over the weekend.

Around 1,200 people attended an inaugural Leadership Conference for the group ‘Trail Life USA’ which bills itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America.

July 20, 2013

GLAAD says group should not support organization that 'actively discriminates against gay Americans'

Carly Rae Jepsen said no, Train said no, but 3 Doors Down has said yes.

The band announced Friday (19 July) that it will perform at this weekend's Boy Scout Jamboree despite the organization's continued ban against openly gay leaders.

Boy Scouts of America recently ended its long-standing ban on allowing openly gay scouts under the age of 18 to participate - a policy that had led Jepsen and Train to back out of the event back in March.

July 10, 2013

On My Honor is setting up a boy scouting group and will allow gay youths and adults as long as they do not 'flaunt it'

An anti-gay group is being set up to rival Boy Scouts as part of the backlash over the recent decision to admit gay youths.

The splinter group made of parents and former scoutmasters, On My Honor, said the new organization will offer an outdoors-oriented character-development program for boys similar to the Boy Scouts.

They will also focus on ‘sexual purity’ and ensure boys keep to a ‘standard statement of Christian values’.

July 8, 2013

Allies of the LGBT community in the Girl Scouts of America marched in this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade for the first time this year with nearly a hundred scouts and family members marching

Members of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have marched in the 43rd annual San Francisco Pride Parade with relatives and scout leaders just weeks after the Boy Scouts of America announced it would allow male scouts in 2014.

Reports say a contingent of over 90 girl scout allies of the LGBT community marched in the parade – the first time members had done so.

June 1, 2013

A group of boy scouts and scouting adult volunteers haven’t ruled out marching in uniform in an upcoming LGBT pride parade in Salt Lake City despite a senior scouting official warning that they will be in breach of the organization’s rules

A group of boy scouts and adult volunteers in scouting have not ruled out marching in uniform in the upcoming Utah Pride Parade despite a senior scouting official warning that they will be in breach of the organization’s rules.

Local Scoutmaster Peter Brownstein had been organizing a group of Scouts for Equality to march in the June 2 parade to mark the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow openly gay teens into scouting – although the ban on openly gay adults volunteering with the organization remains.

May 30, 2013

First time an LGBT rights bill has passed with a two-thirds majority

The Boy Scouts of America's steadfast refusal to allow openly gay adults to be leaders and volunteers has earned the group a stinging rebuke from the California Senate.

The senate voted to pass a bill that yanks the tax exempt status of any public charity youth organization - like the BSA - that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

The BSA voted last week to end its policy banning gay members under the age of 18. But it left in place a policy that does not allow LGBT adults to be a part of the organization.

May 26, 2013

Religious pundit Bryan Fischer suggests the Boy Scouts of America rename their organization after lifting the ban on gay members

Bryan Fischer says the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) should rename themselves to sodomizers after this week’s decision to allow gay scouts. 

The notoriously anti-gay spokesperson for the American Family Association, a conservative Christian organization, went on his radio show to quote the Bible and say he would not want to be a Boy Scout executive facing judgement before God.

May 25, 2013

BSA has voted to allow gay youth but to continue LGBT adult ban

Although openly gay youths will be able to participate in the Boy Scouts beginning next year, LGBT adults are still banned from leadership and volunteers positions.

Except in New York City.

The Boy Scouts of America's Greater New York Councils, which represents the five boroughs of New York City, says it will continue to admit adult members as leaders and volunteers. It will also continue to push for a more inclusive policy on an national level.

May 24, 2013

Perry says 'decision contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness'

The Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay youths age 18 and under to remain in the organization is being sharply criticized by several anti-gay leaders including Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Perry, who has made several anti-gay comments and consistently taken positions against LGBT equality, accuses the BSA of bowing to political correctness.

May 23, 2013

But ban against LGBT leaders and volunteers reaffirmed by BSA National Council

The Boy Scouts of America will begin allowing openly gay members to be a part of the organization beginning next year.

The BSA's approximately 1,400-member National Council on Thursday (23 May) met in Grapevine, Texas and 61.4% voted to pass the new membership standards.

The new standards state that 'no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.'

But a ban on LGBT adult leaders and volunteers will remain in place without any further review planned.

May 23, 2013

Pascal Tessier: 'For gay Scouts like me, this vote is life-changing'

Close to completing the rigorous requirements to become an Eagle Scout, 16-year-old Pascal Tessier cheered the decision by the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday (23 May) to repeal its ban on gay members.

'Just a few hours ago, I was thinking that today could be my last day as a Boy Scout,' the teen from Kensington, Maryland said in a statement after the vote. 'Obviously, for gay Scouts like me, this vote is life-changing.'