This petition is to ask AT&T to stop supporting the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
This week, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its bigoted ban on openly gay scouts and troop leaders. According to the website, AT&T is a national sponsor of this organization (www.scouting.org/Sponsors/CurrentSponsors.aspx). Interestingly, one of the benefits of sponsorship is to assist the BSA with Diversity, in this case defined as “urban, Hispanic and Multicultural Initiatives”.
While we support this effort, we are dismayed that the BSA is picking and choosing what diversity means and leaving the LGBT community out of the discussion.
A statement from AT&T, reinforces the company’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and its belief “that change at any organization must come from within to be successful and sustainable.” CEO Randall Stephenson is in line to become the Boy Scouts’ national executive board president in 2014.We know that AT&T has gained recognition as diversity leaders and received a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which designates excellence in LGBT-friendly workplaces.
It’s time for AT&T to stop “talking the talk” and “walk the walk” and stop funding the discriminatory practices of the BSA and that all of its members, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity should be treated EQUALLY.