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Boy Scouts Endorse GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week

Over the years, the Boy Scouts of America have built quite the anti-gay reputation, largely because the organization has prohibited LGBT people from serving in leadership positions since 1991.

This has caused many companies and organizations to withdraw their support for the organization, and some Eagle Scouts have returned their badges in protest.

But an encouraging turn of events this week has us wondering if the Scouts are starting to inch toward embracing diversity.

A new blog post for Scouting magazine, a publication of the BSA, endorses the lessons of No Name-Calling Week, an anti-bullying initiative created by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

“No Name-Calling Week begins today, so it’s an excellent time to remind Scouts and Scouters that these ‘harmless’ insults can do real damage to a boy or girl,” the blog reads.

It’s not exactly a sign that the BSA is ready to open its arms to LGBT people who are ready and willing to lead a scout troop. But it’s encouraging nonetheless.

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