On 19, Dec 2013 | In BSA Sponsor | By Scouts for Equality
“Lockheed Martin is committed to building strong partnerships with non-profit organizations that value diversity and align with our policies. And we believe engaging with and funding an organization that openly discriminates is in conflict with our policies.” -Gordon Johndroe, Lockheed Spokesperson
Scouts for Equality co-founder and executive director, Zach Wahls, notes: “Lockheed Martin carries on a tradition of standing up for the rights of all Americans. We encourage the BSA to adopt fully inclusive membership policies, and we hope that soon all parents are welcome as participants of the Scouting movement.”
Join the movement to build a fully inclusive Boy Scouts of America: http://scoutsforequality.com/join
Read the full story about Lockheed: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/lockheed-martin-ends-boy-scouts-gifts-gay-ban-21276805
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On 07, Nov 2013 | In | By Scouts for Equality
This trio embodies the contradictory state of the Boy Scouts of America’s gay policy: Knapp (middle) is a former district executive who was kicked out in 1993 when the organization learned he was gay; Bourke (left), who has two kids with his partner of 31 years, was an associate scoutmaster but is now forced to limit his involvement with his son’s troop; and Tessier (right), who came out in 8th grade, can stay active only until he turns 18.
On 13, Jun 2013 | In BSA Sponsor | By Scouts for Equality
“We have inclusive policies here at Caterpillar Inc., and the foundation abides by those,” she said. “We just don’t feel that our two organizations align. However, if there’s a change in the Boy Scouts’ policies, we would certainly consider a change in the future grants — if there was a change that aligned with what our non-discrimination policies are.” – Rachel Potts spokeswoman for Caterpillar
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On 16, Mar 2013 | In Celebrities | By Scouts for Equality
During an interview with Mike Allen for Politico’s Playbook Cocktails, billionaire Bill Gates described some of the things he learned as a Boy Scout, then made it clear that the organization should lift the ban on gay Scouts and leaders. He didn’t feel the need to offer much explanation for his point of view:
ALLEN: Should the Boy Scouts of America rescind its ban on gay members and leaders?
GATES: Because it’s 2013.
On 07, Dec 2012 | In BSA Sponsor | By Scouts for Equality
The Merck Foundation believes that it is critical to honor and support a foundational policy of diversity and inclusion in all funding decisions. Recently, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual orientation. The BSA’s policy of exclusion directly conflicts with the Merck Foundation’s giving guidelines. On that basis the Merck Foundation has decided to suspend funding to the BSA. The decision to suspend support applies to direct funding from the Merck Foundation, the matching of gifts from Merck employees, and paid time off for volunteering.
The Foundation has supported the BSA for many years and we continue to herald the fine work that the BSA has done in communities throughout the country. We know that many of you have personally contributed to the BSA and that this decision may be upsetting to some of you. However, we cannot continue to provide support to an organization with a policy that is contrary to one of our core beliefs. We remain ready and willing to re-consider our funding position in the event that the BSA were to revise its policy.
As part of the broader review of funding decisions in 2013, the Foundation is currently assessing all current and future funding commitments to ensure that it is not funding organizations with policies contrary to its own.
We’re confident that this decision is aligned with our high ethical giving standards and strong core beliefs, and reinforces our long-standing commitment to policies that prevent against discrimination.
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On 15, Nov 2012 | In Politicians | By Scouts for Equality
Gavin Newsom : “California is proud of Ryan Andresen. I am proud of him. Join me in urging the Boy Scouts to give him his Eagle Award > http://change.org/ryanseagle”
California is proud of Ryan Andresen. I am proud of him. Join me in urging the Boy Scouts to give him his Eagle Award change.org/ryanseagle
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 14, 2012
After more than 80,000 people joined Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls’ campaign urging UPS to stop funding the Boy Scouts, UPS announced that they will join Intel in no longer funding organizations that discriminate. UPS confirmed to GLAAD that under new UPS Foundation guidelines, organizations banning gay people are no longer eligible to have grant applications reviewed.
UPS Statement: “The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with our focus areas, guidelines, and non-discrimination policy. UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.”
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On 11, Oct 2012 | In Eagle Scouts | By Scouts for Equality
Ryan’s petition has over 475,000 signatures.
Ryan joined the Boy Scouts when he was just six years old, and since then, he’s dreamed of earning his Eagle award — the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.
Ryan is now a senior in high school, and just completed the final requirements to earn his Eagle Award. He’s an honor student with great SAT scores, who’s hoping to attend the University of San Francisco. But because he recently came out to his friends and family as gay, leaders from our local Boy Scout troop say they won’t approve his Eagle award.
A Boy Scout gets his Eagle by earning many badges, completing all lower Scout rank requirements, and carrying out an approved final project. So Ryan decided to build a “Tolerance Wall” for his school, to show bully victims — like Ryan — that they are not alone. Ryan worked countless hours with elementary students to amass a wall of 288 unique tiles, all illustrating acts of kindness.
But when leadership in Troop 212 (San Francisco Bay Area) found out that Ryan was gay, the Scoutmaster said he refused to sign the official paperwork designating Ryan as an Eagle Scout, despite the fact that Ryan completed all of the requirements.
“Earlier this year we revisited our policies associated with the program, and applied new rigor that requires any organization to confirm that it adheres to Intel’s anti-discrimination policy in order to receive funding,” Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer wrote in the statement