You can find and sign my petition here: https://www.change.org/petitions/northwest-suburban-council-reject-the-boy-scouts-of-america-s-anti-gay-policy-4
I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 140 out of St. Mary's and I have been in scouts since I was a Tiger Cub. Scouting has taught me many invaluable lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Where I take issue, is with the BSA's anti-gay policy. It is unfair and almost cruel to deny youth and adult leaders the right to be a part of this great organization that helps prepare young men for the world ahead and let their parents experience it with them. I have multiple friends and family members who are forced to deal with unequal treatment because of their sexual orientation nearly every day. I feel that I am in an excellent position to change part of this inequality by petitioning my local council and troop.
It is vital to allow equality to these currently oppressed people, and also allow those who may be hiding a part of themselves in order to take part in this organization to feel more comfortable and not have them suffer from potential psychological repercussions from hiding such feelings. I believe that now is a crucial time to fight this issue. The BSA is expected to make a definitive ruling on this issue in May. Already, thousands of scouts nationwide are pushing for their local councils to urge acceptance at the national level.
An Eagle Scout started a petition four days ago, on the same website, asking artists Carly Rae Jepsen and Train (both of whom have massive followings in the LGBT community) to revoke their agreements to perform at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in July unless the BSA eliminates the anti-gay ban. Since then, more than 62,000 people have signed and both artists have issued statements denouncing the BSA's policy and stating that they will not perform at the Jamboree unless the policy is revoked. The same website also had successful petitions in the last few months of 2012 asking multiple companies to stop funding the BSA over the issue. The time to act is now! Please sign!