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18

Apr
2014

In scouting

By Scouts for Equality

Why can’t Rainer Beach Methodist Church choose their own Scoutmaster?

On 18, Apr 2014 | In scouting | By Scouts for Equality

Taking away Geoff McGrath’s role in this church’s Scouting program is in contradiction to RBUMC’s religious beliefs and a contradiction of your own policy.

From the BSA’s Charter and Bylaws:

Section 1. Activities, clause 2. The activities of the members of the Boy Scouts of America shall be carried on under conditions which show respect to the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion, as required by the twelfth point of the Scout Law, reading, “Reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”

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16

Apr
2014

In Campaign Events

By Scouts for Equality

Scouts for Equality congratulates Hunter Faulhaber on earning Eagle

On 16, Apr 2014 | In Campaign Events | By Scouts for Equality

Scouts for Equality congratulates Hunter Faulhaber, the most recent openly gay youth to be awarded Eagle by the Boy Scouts of America.

Hunter is a multi-sport athlete, plans on going to school to become a fashion designer, and is fighting for equality in Scouting as a member of Simon Kenton Scouts for Equality chapter. The BSA valued him as a youth member, however now that he’s 18 he runs the risk of having his membership revoked.

Stand with Hunter and the 7,478 other Eagles in Scouts for Equality to help us change that. http://scoutsforequality.com/join

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09

Apr
2014

In Campaign News

By Scouts for Equality

09

Apr
2014

In Campaign News

By Scouts for Equality

Geoff McGrath on BSA’s policy towards gay leaders

On 09, Apr 2014 | In Campaign News | By Scouts for Equality

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03

Apr
2014

In Campaign News
In the Press

By Scouts for Equality

America’s first openly gay Eagle Scout’s petition asking Amazon.com to pause support for the BSA

On 03, Apr 2014 | In Campaign News, In the Press | By Scouts for Equality

Pascal Tessier, America’s first openly gay Eagle Scout, has launched a Change.org petition asking Amazon.com to temporarily withdraw its support of the Boy Scouts of America until the BSA ends its ban on gay leaders.

You can sign the petition here: http://change.org/amazonscouts

Tessier’s petition comes just two days after Geoffrey McGrath—an Eagle Scout, husband and Scoutmaster—became the first gay adult to be removed from the Boy Scouts of America since the organization’s vote in May of 2013 to end its ban on gay youth.

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Working with Scouts for Equality, the national campaign to end discrimination within the Boy Scouts of America, Tessier’s petition has already accumulated 15,000 signatures and the number of signatures is growing fast.

“After the removal of Geoff McGrath on Monday, it’s clear that Scouting still isn’t a safe place for LGBT+ adults and parents,” said Pascal. “This is both a wake up call and a personal slap in the face to me. Last year’s vote showed that members of the BSA are ready for full inclusion. In four months when I turn 18, I’ll receive the same letter Geoff did, and I will be kicked out of Scouting. This has to stop, and Amazon can help.”

Amazon is a groundbreaking company with an HRC Corporate Equality Index score of 90, and Jeff Bezos is a strong ally of the LGBT community. Amazon’s website clearly states that: “Organizations that engage in, support, encourage, or promote intolerance… are not eligible to participate.”

“As the son of a same­-sex couple, I saw first hand as a youth that gay adults can be a positive part of Scouting,” said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and co­founder of Scouts for Equality. “Removing Geoff sends the wrong message to young Scouts. Discrimination is never okay, and it has no place in our movement.”

Since Scouts for Equality’s founding in 2012, seven major corporate sponsors of the Boy Scouts of America have ended their partnerships with the organization, including Lockheed Martin, Walt Disney World, Caterpillar, Major League Soccer, Merck, Intel and UPS.