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.
Op-ed: BSA, Why Make Us Eagles Just to Clip Our Wings?
August 08 2014 6:30 AM ET

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

Daniel Reynolds

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
July 31 2014 4:28 PM ET

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

Daniel Reynolds

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
June 23 2014 7:22 PM ET

No Pride Is Complete Without — A Boy Scout?

Sunnivie Brydum

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
June 11 2014 1:08 PM ET

Eric Holder Denounces Scouts' Antigay Policy

Trudy Ring

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?
May 29 2014 5:30 AM ET

Op-ed: What Would Harvey Milk Think?

Evan Low

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
May 24 2014 12:00 PM ET

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

Trudy Ring

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

WATCH: Boy Scout Outed as Gay, Denied Job
April 30 2014 2:28 PM ET

WATCH: Boy Scout Outed as Gay, Denied Job

Trudy Ring

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
April 24 2014 1:05 PM ET

Pastor Stands by Embattled Scout Leader

Michael O'Loughlin

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.

WATCH: Gay Boy Scout Earns Eagle by Restoring LGBT Center
April 17 2014 2:12 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Boy Scout Earns Eagle by Restoring LGBT Center

Daniel Reynolds

At a time when openly gay youth were still barred from the BSA, scout Eric Snyder decided to protest by renovating an LGBT center.

Gay Boy Scout Master Refuses to Leave Post
April 07 2014 3:37 PM ET

Gay Boy Scout Master Refuses to Leave Post

Michelle Garcia

A gay scoutmaster who was told that he would need to step down from his position after coming out isn't backing down, and he has the support of troop members and their families.

BSA Bans Gay Scoutmaster
April 01 2014 2:13 PM ET

Boy Scouts Kick Out Another Gay Scoutmaster

Daniel Reynolds

The Boy Scouts of America has 'revoked' the membership of Seattle scoutmaster Geoff McGrath due to his sexual orientation.

Boy Scouts Upset by Disney Move to Pull Funds Over Antigay Policy
March 03 2014 2:54 PM ET

Boy Scouts Upset by Disney Move to Pull Funds

Trudy Ring

Since the organization still won't accept openly gay adult volunteers, Disney won't give money. Scouting officials say they're 'disappointed.'

Meet the First Openly Gay Eagle Scout
February 11 2014 12:25 PM ET

Meet the First Openly Gay Eagle Scout

Daniel Reynolds

Pascal Tessier, a 17-year-old from Chevy Chase, Md., has become the first known openly gay Boy Scout to achieve the organization's highest honor.

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