By James MacLean
CHRISTOPHER STREET WEST URGES BOY SCOUTS
OF AMERICA TO LIFT BAN ON GAY SCOUTS
As the National Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) continues this week to examine dropping its controversial ban on gay scouts and gay troop leaders, Christopher Street West, the nonprofit producer of LA Pride, is urging it to end this discriminatory practice once and for all. President Obama and Eagle Scouts — Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon — scores of LGBT leaders, allies, corporate sponsors and 1.4-million people that have signed a petition have also called for a change to allow local scout councils to decide if gay scouts and gay leaders should be allowed in their groups.
“With LGBT people more visible and more triumphant than at any other point in our community’s history, the timing is right for the Boy Scouts to finally embrace gay scouts and gay troop leadership and put an end to this shameful policy,” said Rodney Scott, Board President of Christopher Street West. “Christopher Street West produced the world’s first LGBT Pride Parade in 1970 and this type of discrimination is precisely what compelled us to organize. We wanted equality in employment, education, housing and parity when it came to our relationships. Now, for gay youth and their families, we want equality in scouting.”
The National Executive Council of BSA is expected to take up the issue on Wednesday, at least for discussion if not a vote.
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