Boy Scouts
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.
George Takei Wields Social Media Power to Support Gay Boy Scout Web Series
August 11 2014 2:25 PM ET

George Takei's Fans Fund Gay Boy Scout Web Series

Daniel Reynolds

The To Be Takei star used his online clout to help meet the fundraising goal of Camp Abercorn, a new Web series that tackles gay issues in scouting.

Op-ed: BSA, Why Make Us Eagles Just to Clip Our Wings?
August 08 2014 7:30 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.

18-Year-Old Gay Eagle Scout to BSA: Let Me Stay
August 06 2014 12:59 PM ET

First Out Eagle Scout to BSA: Let Me Stay

Daniel Reynolds

On his 18th birthday, Pascal Tessier wrote a letter to BSA's president demanding the ban on gay adults be lifted.

WATCH: A Boy Scout Web Series With a Gay Agenda
August 06 2014 11:55 AM ET

WATCH: A Boy Scout Web Series With a Gay Agenda

Daniel Reynolds

Jeffrey Simon quit the Boy Scouts due to its discriminatory policies against gay adults. Now, he's hoping his new web series will help reform the organization he loves.

BSA: Gays Aren't Pedophiles, But They Still Can't Be Leaders
July 31 2014 5:28 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 8:22 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.

Gay Eagle Scout Demands Amazon Cut Ties With BSA
May 19 2014 3:07 PM ET

Gay Eagle Scout Demands Amazon Cut Ties With BSA

Daniel Reynolds

Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier is demanding that Amazon drop the youth group from its AmazonSmile program, which allows shoppers to donate to nonprofit organizations.

Number Crunch: Boy Scouts
May 15 2014 4:00 AM ET

Number Crunch: Boy Scouts

Alex Panisch

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. But what do the numbers say?

Meet the First Openly Gay Eagle Scout
February 11 2014 1:25 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.

Boy Scouts' Gay-Inclusive Policy Takes Effect With Little Fuss
January 02 2014 3:47 PM ET

No Fuss as Boy Scouts' Gay-Inclusive Policy Takes Effect

Alex J Davidson and Trudy Ring

The policy, adopted last May and effective New Year's Day, has resulted in little backlash from churches sponsoring scout troops.

Lockheed Martin Cuts Off Money to Antigay Boy Scouts
December 21 2013 2:10 PM ET

Lockheed Martin Cuts Off Money to Antigay Boy Scouts

Neal Broverman

The Boy Scouts continue to face repercussions for holding on to their ban on out leaders.

Former Defense Secretary Gates Will Lead Boy Scouts
October 30 2013 7:56 PM ET

Former Defense Secretary Gates Will Lead Boy Scouts

Trudy Ring

Robert Gates assisted in the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' and now goes to an organization lifting a ban on gay youth.

Calif. Bill on Scouts' Tax Exemption on Hold
September 13 2013 9:11 PM ET

Calif. Bill on Scouts' Tax Exemption on Hold

Trudy Ring

The bill, which would take away the state tax exemption of the BSA and other groups that discriminate, is on hold while its sponsor seeks more support.

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