The Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to allow openly gay scouts to join the organization, to take effect January 1.
On the opening day of its two-day meeting in Dallas, Texas, roughly 1,400 volunteer leaders from scouting’s 270 councils approved the BSA’s proposal. However, the organization’s ban on gay adults will continue.
Outside the conference center where the national council was meeting, dozens of Christian conservatives waved flags and demonstrated against the change.
“We’re trying to uphold traditional values,” Bill Lizzio, a 56-year-old scout leader from Tennessee, told The New York Times.
There is still work to be done. We need to allow LGB adults to participate. We need to allow trans scouts and leaders. We need to change the homophobic culture of organizations rooted in conservative values.
But for now, we rejoice in this small, but significant victory. Way to go, guys.
i do not rejoice. this is a bread crumb and they are telling us it’s a gold bar and we are buying into it.
they are telling lgbtq kids that it’s okay to be in the scouts now, but when they get older they will be disliked, despised and discriminated against. they are telling the non-lgbtq scouts that they are preferred above the lgbtq scouts. non-lgbtq scouts will be able to become scout leaders one day but lgbtq scouts will be shunned and will have to go elsewhere. their time with the scouts has an expiration date.
what hope does this give lgbtq scouts as they get older? don’t they already face this kind of treatment and disillusionment in their schools and neighborhoods? “you’re okay now because you are a kid and don’t know any better, but when you get older you can expect to not belong and to accept not belonging. oh, and don’t expect to see any adults here that you can relate to. nope, no lgbtq role models for you here. move along… move along.”
this is not a victory. this is a means of telling us that we should be grateful for what we get and to shut the fuck up.
if you’re going to discriminate, do it across the board. then we at least know where you stand. but to offer appeasement is worse than nothing at all. you tell us we are shit and we eat it like filet mignon.
i am tired of receiving crumbs and being told i should wear them like an honor badge. no, i do not rejoice.