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Gay Times April 13 - Issue 417


GAY IN THE USA

The Boy Scouts of America prides itself on building young peoples' character and helping them to become good citizens. So why has it taken 12 months and one million angry protests for it to consider allowing you to join if you're gay? 'Helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society,' reads the Boy Scouts of America's charter. But if you're either a young gay scout or a gay leader, you haven't been made welcome.

Zach Wahls, 20, who is straight but has two gay mothers, co-founded the Scouts For Equality and launched a campaign on behalf of many of the BSA's 2.7 million members. He is also an Eagle Scout - the highest position in the organisation - and has 600 fellow Eagle Scouts on his side. "Scouts are taught from day one to be trustworthy about an unelected and unaccountable secret committee refusing to release an official report about such a sweeping decision affecting millions of people. This (removal would be an incredible step forward in the right direction. We look forward to working with BSA Councils across the country to end the exclusion of our gay brothers in Scouting, as well as the gay and lesbian leaders who serve the organisations so well."

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