BSA to Accept Trans Boys

This is huge news for any of you who have read news in the past on here about Boy Scouts of America’s past stance on the rights of lgbt youth. The Scouts may have initially gained their largest support from churches across the country, but it has never been a religious organization. They are not required to meet in a church building, but generally do so for convenience. I was a Brownie as a child and we met in the cafeteria my elementary school. When I was promoted to a Girl Scout, yes, we met in a local church, but no one had to belong to the church in order to attend. There are other places troops can meet and if Christian members don’t like the inclusion, there are other organizations for them to join or start on their own, full of all of the exclusion they like.

The Boy Scouts of America said on Monday the group would begin accepting transgender boys, bucking its more than a century-old practice of using the gender stated on a birth certificate to determine eligibility.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application,” Boy Scouts of America communications director Effie Delimarkos said in an emailed statement.

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Starbucks: The All Inclusive Company

I have to admit that most of the time I don’t care for Starbucks. I do not drink coffee and never will. It’s a vile liquid. However, I am thrilled to learn of their inclusivity (just made that word up, thank you Opera) to all who apply for work there. I feel that if I ever hit rock bottom again, I could use them as a way up and out.

Starbucks gave me a job the winter after I came out to my family. I had blown through my financial aid on renting my senior year apartment and I was worried how I would feed myself through the year. I entered into the corporation thinking that it would simply be a means to an end, but in reality I got much more than that. Prior to coming out, I was uncomfortable with my sexuality. I was afraid that people would treat me differently, and in a way I was right. People at Starbucks did treat me differently, but it was through this difference that I began to accept myself as a gay man.

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