By Scouts for Equality
On 02, Aug 2012 | In Scout Leaders | By Scouts for Equality
Greg Bourke – Ousted Scoutmaster
In August 2012, the Lincoln Heritage Council and Boy Scouts of America forced me (Greg Bourke) to resign my position as Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 325 in Louisville, KY. Despite five years of dedicated service to my troop, district, council and the BSA, it was determined that I had to go because I admitted that I was gay and as a result LHC said I “did not meet its membership requirements.”
I received unanimous support from my Troop, Troop Committee, Church, Scouts, Scout Leaders and Scout Parents. The local newspaper published both a news article and an editorial showcasing the discrimination I suffered at the hands of the Lincoln Heritage Council and the BSA. Last week, I received a special “Legislative Citation” from the State of Kentucky House of Representatives honoring me and my dedication to Scouting and service to my community.