Boy Scouts Endorse GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week
January 26, 2012 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
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.
“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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