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George Takei steps in to secure funding for web series by openly gay Eagle Scout

George Takei steps in to secure funding for web series by openly gay Eagle Scout

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.

He successfully raised the $100,000 needed to produce the series by crowdfunding via IndieGoGo and got a big boost in the final days of the effort from Star Trek icon George Takei.

‘As a former Boy Scout myself, it pains me deeply that the BSA still boots out gay Scouts when they turn 18,’ Takei wrote in a Facebook post that was shared on the crowdfunding page.

‘This web series will help educate and inform, as well as entertain. That gets a big thumbs up from me.’

To tell the stories, Simon created the Compass Guides of America, a fictional organization that parallels the Boy Scouts of America.

‘Our stories celebrate the true value of Scouting and confront its faults in an honest way,’ he states.

While the continued 18 and over ban is a big inspiration for the show, Simon makes clear it is not the only story they’re telling in the series.

‘We’re telling authentic stories inspired by real experiences that we hope people can relate to; some that will bring light to important issues; and some that are just plain fun.’

He remains a firm believer in the ‘awesome potential of Scouting for shaping boys into the men who will lead us into the future – men who treat everyone equally regardless of their gender or sexual preference.’

The first season is planned to be seven, half hour episodes with the $100,000 paying for the pilot episode.