Intel Corporation: Pull your financial support until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Rosalind Hudnell

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Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Intel
Rosalind Hudnell
Corporate Media Relations, Intel
Jon Carvill

Intel Corporation: Pull your financial support until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy

    1. Zach Wahls
    2. Petition by

      Zach Wahls

      Iowa City, IA

September 2012


After more than 30,000 Americans joined Eagle Scout Zach Wahls' campaign urging Intel Corporation -- the Boy Scouts' largest corporate donor -- to pull their support until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy, Intel announced they have ceased funding while the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory policy barring gay youth and leaders is intact.

On Intel's website, the company proudly displays a banner highlighting their 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. Now, Scouts and Scout leaders across the country urge Intel to act on that rating and help end the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy.

In 2010, Intel gave nearly $700,000 to the Boy Scouts of America, despite the organization's policy banning gay Scouts and leaders from participating. (1) This is in direct conflict with Intel Foundation's own funding criteria, which stipulates that Intel will not fund "Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or disability status."

As an Eagle Scout, I applaud Intel's support for the Boy Scouts of America as a vital American institution critical in the development of our nation's future leaders. But on July 17, 2012, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their discriminatory policy, stating in part: "…we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals…"

Until the Boy Scouts of America removes this hurtful policy that is inconsistent with its own principles, they do not deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality -- especially innovators like Intel.

Intel's own Director of Diversity, Rosalind Hudnell, has said "Driving diversity isn’t rocket science. It’s harder. We are trying to do inside of our walls what society is still trying to do outside of our walls." This is an incredible testament to both Intel's innovation and its ability to do not just what is popular, but what is right.

We urge Intel to truly live by these words and use their influence to help end the Boy Scouts anti-gay policy.

Please join Scouts for Equality in calling on Intel to pull its contributions to the Boy Scouts of America until the Boy Scouts pull their discriminatory policy.



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Nolan NEWTONVILLE, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because the BSA might just as well discriminate against Jews or Gypsies. The Nazis mass-murdered some 250,000 German homosexual males.

    • Diego Ortega RIDGEWOOD, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I personally understand what it's like to be marginalized for being different. I wish to help others.

    • Clarence Edwards LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      I was a Boy Scout.

    • David Ferger SOUTHFIELD, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Doing the right thing is corporate-

      smart. Thank you for caring.

      • about 2 years ago

      Discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, or any other fundamental part of human existence is abhorrent.


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