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Petition: Northwest Suburban Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's Anti-Gay Policy

I would like to raise awareness for my petition to the Northwest Suburban Council and Troop 140 to denounce the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

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!

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lucas March 13, 2013 at 01:47 AM
They picked the entertainment and agreed to a contract. I doubt is a group just says we will show up and play for you
Dan Johnson March 13, 2013 at 03:15 PM
McCloud. Do you wear a wedding ring? While you may not realize it, you declare yourself to be straight frequently. People ask if you are married soon after they meet you. They ask if you have a girlfriend, etc. Gay people have to lie or keep secrets to avoid revealing their sexual orientation. It is not a matter of announcing it. The challenge is in hiding it, and no one should have to.
Dan Johnson March 13, 2013 at 03:22 PM
To whom you are romantically attracted is a fundamental part of being human. Teens as well as adults ask these things of those with whom they associate. It is a part of getting to know anyone. This puts scouts in a position of either keeping secrets or lying. Neither option is healthy for anyone.
Dan Johnson March 13, 2013 at 03:31 PM
The vast body of evidence since the early days of social science shows prejudice causes harm in a wide variety of ways. Laws, social policies, and social support systems like the scouts, that deny equality contribute to a social climate promotes prejudice. The resulting dehumanization and demonization is used to justify their behavior by those who bully, beat, torture, and kill. It also results in self destruction, both fast and slow. The same prejudice used to dehumanize us here is also used around the world to justify imprisonment, torture, and death. The only way to end prejudice is to expose it and the harm it causes, anywhere and everywhere it surfaces. Prejudice is a deadly disease that can only be cured through education and understanding. Let's remember Jesus told us the most important thing we need to know is; we should love God and love all others the same. All other religions as well as non religious ethical belief systems agree with that one idea. Now is always a good time to put it into practice.
Rocco Buttliere May 24, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Props to the BSA for taking the time and tremendous effort to listen to not only their members, but the nation as well, and voting to end the anti-gay youth policy today! It'll probably take awhile for the same to be put in place for adult members and employees, but I'm willing to keep faith in this organization for the time being for making the right decision today.

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