Call on the Boy Scouts to change their policy toward gay and bisexual scouts and leaders!
*UPDATE*: 2/6/2013 This morning the Boy Scouts
of America announced they will delay a decision on admitting gays.
Currently they will keep the policy that excludes gay members
and leaders. The proposed change will not be voted on until the
organization's annual meeting
We need to keep the pressure on! Take action today!
In 1978 the Boy Scouts of America established a policy
of not accepting gay scouts and gay scout leaders. The organization has reaffirmed its discriminatory policy multiple times since then, most recently last summer.
The Boy Scouts policy of excluding gay youth and adult gay leaders has caused
pain to gay and bisexual youth and adults, as well as to their heterosexual
peers, families, and allies. The discriminatory
policies and practices of the BSA invite gay or bisexual persons to feel
diminished, invisible, and marginalized.
Thousands of boy scouts have felt
shame and embarrassment about the current policy of exclusion, which they feel
is inconsistent with the scout laws that embrace values of dignity and respect
Over the years hundreds of UCC congregations and
other faith communities have protested the BSA’s policy of exclusion, calling
on the Boy Scouts to lift the ban and welcome gay youth and gay adults into the
scouting programs. The General Synod of the UCC adopted a resolution (2003)
called, "The United Church of Christ and the Boy Scouts of America." The resolution states that discrimination
against anyone based on sexual orientation is contrary to our understanding of
the teachings of Christ. It unambiguously
urged the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to adopt a membership
policy that does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, and that allows
for the reactivation of membership of persons who were previously excluded
solely on that basis.
This week the Boy Scouts of America announced that its board will be discussing the lifting of the ban at next week's national executive board meeting. This is an important moment! Take action - Contact the Boy Scouts of America today and tell them you support a policy change that welcomes gay and bisexual scouts and scout leaders.
Send a Tweet:
As a member of the United Church of Christ, I support the #boyscout policy change that welcomes gay and bisexual scouts & scout leaders.
Submit a Comment:
You can submit a comment to the Boy Scouts through their website. Use that form to tell them:
- I am for a policy change that welcomes gay and bisexual scouts and scout leaders.
- As a member of the United Church of Christ, I believe gay and bisexual
scouts and scout leaders should be welcome in the Boy Scouts of America.
- I am grateful to the Boy Scouts for considering this important change.
- Include any personal connection to the Boy Scouts in your life or community.
Make a Call:
You can contact the headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America at 972-580-2000. It is likely that you will be connected with an operator who may redirect you to another administrator. When you speak to someone in person, please thank the BSA for considering this action and urge them to make the change.