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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Boy Scouts Lead Thousands In New York City Pride Parade

This is AWESOME!

A contingent of active and former members of the Boy Scouts of America led thousands Sunday in New York City’s 44th Annual Pride Parade — a historic move in celebration of the organization’s inclusion of out gay youth and in protest of its existing ban on out gay adult members.

The group of over a dozen — spanning generations of Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, leaders in uniform, and volunteers — presented the American flag and acted as the parade’s color guard, leading over 14,000 parade participants through Manhattan. Crystal Bueno, a Cub Scouts leader from Brooklyn, said their service in the march was “emotional and bittersweet.”

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Boy Scouts ban church that let gay man lead troop

Funny how the church was okay with the gay man, but not the Boy Scouts of America. Sad.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership.

A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name.

The church has stood by Geoff McGrath, 49, a Seattle software engineer and Eagle Scout, after his membership in the organization was revoked last month, setting off an impasse between the church and one of the country’s most popular youth organizations.

The Boy Scouts of America told McGrath in a March letter that it “no choice” but to revoke his registration after he said he was gay while being profiled by NBC News.

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Boy Scouts boot openly gay scout leader

Seriously? Deliberately injecting his sexuality into the job??? FFS people!

An openly gay Boy Scouts troop leader in Washington state was abruptly removed from his post for “deliberately injecting” his sexuality into the job, the Boy Scouts of America announced on Monday.

Geoff McGrath, scoutmaster of Seattle’s Troop 98, was being profiled by NBC News when the organization said it was severing ties with him.

“Our policy is that we do not ask people about their sexual orientation,” Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement to NBC. “And it’s not an issue until they deliberately inject it into Scouting in an inappropriate fashion.

“The National Council has revoked his registration,” Smith added.

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Disney Will End Funding To Boy Scouts Over Anti-Gay Policy

This is a huge step on the part of Disney. I doubt in the long run there will be many troops that will fall apart because they no longer receive this funding.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

The Boy Scouts organization is “disappointed” by the decision, which will affect the organization’s ability to serve children, Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, said in a statement Sunday. Disney does not provide direct funding to the Boy Scouts, but it donates money to some troops in exchange for volunteer hours completed by Disney employees, he said.

“We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids,” he said.

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