Great Lakes Council: Vote to end the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Bill Licht

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D-bar-A Scout Ranch Manager
Bill Licht
Scout Executive
Richard Fisher

Great Lakes Council: Vote to end the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Lauren Jasenak
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Jasenak

      Brighton, MI

My name is Lauren Jasenak and I'm calling on the Great Lakes Council to stop discriminating against gay scouts, adults, and volunteers, and vote to end the Boy Scouts of America's national anti-gay policy this May.

Last summer, the day after the Boy Scouts reaffirmed their policy banning gay youth and leaders, I was fired from Michigan's D-bar-A Boy Scout Ranch. The camp director coerced me into signing a piece of paper stating that I was a lesbian. Then he forced me to leave the camp that day, despite not having a car, and being two hours away from home.

As a 19-year-old, I am still in disbelief that the Boy Scouts discriminated against me. I didn't even realize you could be kicked out of the Boy Scouts for being gay. I felt alone and scared, but most importantly, I had no idea how my rabbit, Thumper, and I were going to get home. 

I was raised in a Scouting family and have been involved with Scouts for most of my life. My brothers were involved in Boy Scouts and I was a Girl Scout. My parents also volunteered as Scout leaders.

When I turned 14, I decided that what I really loved were high adventure activities, so I joined the Boy Scouts Venturing program. Shortly after, I started working for Boy Scout camps in Michigan, and up until last July, I've loved every minute of it.

I know many other Scouts who identify as gay. I'm am outraged that they must hide who they are to stay in scouting under this policy. No one deserves to be treated as I was. This policy goes against the scouting values of honesty, kindness, respect, and courage.

Please join me in urging the Great Lakes Council to vote against the Boy Scouts' national anti-gay policy this May, and adopt a full non-discrimination policy. 

Together, we can help make the Boy Scouts great again.

To:
Bill Licht, D-bar-A Scout Ranch Manager
Richard Fisher, Scout Executive
Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy and adopt a full non-discrimination policy.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Chanel Van Zile CRANDON, WI
      • 8 months ago

      Discrr sucks!

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    • Anna Stiddom BELLEVILLE, MI
      • 11 months ago

      I am a lesbian. I honestly think it is cruel that someone can't do what they wish because some idiotic judgmental people can't wrap their minds around someone being different. If a HUMAN BEING wishes to be gay and in the scouts then they should be allowed. I was in scouts when i was younger and if i still was i'd be doing the same thing. Fight girl, you're doing the right thing i'm proud of you.

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    • Emily Nash LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      This is so stupid! Let people be! We are all people and all deserve the same rights!

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    • Tee Britten HASTINGS, AA
      • 11 months ago

      It is important to me that all forms of discrimination are dispensed with by all organizations and institutions, especially those who actively punish people for being who they are.

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    • Megan Waggoner TAMAROA, IL
      • 11 months ago

      Because their is no reason why gays should be discriminated against.

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