Thursday, May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts Vote To Allow Openly Gay Youth

Today, the Boy Scouts of America voted to end its ban on gay Scouts, which is a huge victory for gay youth. But gay Scout leaders – like former den leader Jennifer Tyrrell – are still banned from Scouting. It's time to keep up the pressure! GLAAD needs your help to make sure gay parents and adults are also able to participate.

The New York Times has published a comprehensive story about today's vote in the Boy Scouts, outlining the work that GLAAD has done, as well as hearing from leaders like Jennifer Tyrrell and Zach Wahls.
Glaad and other rights groups took up the cuse, enlisting celebrities like Madonna, who wore a Boy Scout uniform to an awards ceremony, and publicizing calls for change by corporate executives whose companies embrace gay and lesbian employees. Nearly two million people signed online petitions on Change.Org, calling on the Boy Scouts to end discrimination.
Speak out now!

Other Ways to Take Action

  1. Sign the petition: Boy Scouts of America: Vote to end your ban on both gay youth and adult leaders

    Jennifer Tyrrell, together with GLAAD and Scouts For Equality, is launching a new petition to urge the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to completely lift its anti-gay ban on both youth members and adult employees and volunteers.
  2. Stand up for inclusive scouting on Facebook and Twitter

    Tell your Facebook friends that you support an end to the ban on gay scouts and leaders:

    I support equality in the Boy Scouts. End the ban on gay Scouts and leaders!

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