Boy Scouts of America
Latest news about ongoing discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America. Previously, the boys scouting organization had an effective ban against young members who identified as gay. In protest, many Eagle Scouts, which is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, returned their Eagle Scout badges. Effective January 2014, the ban against gay young members is lifted, after controversy about the policy prompted a national vote among its leaders. Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout, LGBT activist, and the son of two lesbian mothers, founded Scouts For Equality, which lobbies for change in the national organization.
Eagle Scout Starts Petition to Keep Gay Twin in Scouting

Eagle Scout Starts Petition for Gay Twin

August Easton-Calabria is fighting to end the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory ban on gay adult leaders.

California Judges Banned From Joining Boy Scouts, Other Antigay Youth Groups

California Judges Barred From Joining Boy Scouts

The judges must comply with the new rule by January 2016.

Op-ed: BSA, Why Make Us Eagles Just to Clip Our Wings?

Op-ed: BSA, Why Make Us Eagles Just to Clip Our Wings?

In refusing to let them become leaders, the Boy Scouts of America are preventing gay fathers from guiding and sharing in important life moments with their sons.

BSA: Gays Aren't Pedophiles, But They Still Can't Be Leaders

Boy Scouts: Gays Aren't Pedophiles... Or Leaders

Despite its insistence that 'there is no relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia,' a BSA spokesperson said there is no current plan to review the discriminatory ban on gay adult leaders.

Boy Scouts to Add Khaki to NYC Pride March's Rainbow

No Pride Is Complete Without — A Boy Scout?

For the first time, an intergenerational cadre of uniformed gay Boy Scouts serve as color guard during New York City's annual Pride Parade.

Eric Holder Denounces Scouts' Antigay Policy

Eric Holder Denounces Scouts' Antigay Policy

Continuing to bar openly gay adults from serving as leaders 'perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes,' says the attorney general.

Op-ed: What Would Harvey Milk Think?

Op-ed: What Would Harvey Milk Think?

Gay politician Evan Low knows how far we've come since the days of Harvey Milk's trailblazing activism, but he wonders what Milk would think of our progress.

Robert Gates: Would Have Allowed Gay Scoutmasters, But Issue Settled Now

Robert Gates: Would Have Allowed Gay Scoutmasters, But Issue Settled Now

Reopening the discussion, he says, could lead to a schism.

WATCH: Boy Scout Outed as Gay, Denied Job

WATCH: Boy Scout Outed as Gay, Denied Job

Garrett Bryant says he was turned down for a summer job at a scout camp because of friends' Facebook comments indicating he was in a same-sex relationship.

Pastor Stands by Embattled Scout Leader

Pastor Stands by Embattled Scout Leader

The pastor of a Seattle-area Methodist church supports openly gay scout leader Geoff McGrath, even as the Boy Scouts of America cuts ties with the troop he leads at the church.

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