Greater Niagara Frontier Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's Anti-Gay Policy Regarding Adults Leadership
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Greater Niagara Frontier Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's Anti-Gay Policy Regarding Adults Leadership

    1. Matthew Wilcott
    2. Petición creada por

      Matthew Wilcott

      Tonawanda, NY

We, the Scouting community of Western New York urge the Greater Niagara Frontier Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

Service organizations including the Girl Scouts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the 4H Club all welcome gay kids and adult leaders. Also, the American Medical Association has opposed the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy, saying it could cause psychological trauma in youth.

We love the Boy Scouts, but we can’t support this policy, which allows for gay youths however still denys membership to gay adults. That's why we urge you to speak out and adopt an inclusive policy like other troops, packs, councils, and lodges across the country have done -- so the Boy Scouts can maintain its relevancy, improve recruitment, and truly live by the principles it teaches its members.

NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a current or former Scout or leader, please say so in the "Why People Are Signing" section. Thanks!

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    Actualizaciones

    1. Official Word from National

      Matthew Wilcott
      Organizador de la petición

      Today, the Boy Scouts of America's National Council voted to approve a change to their membership standards and ended their decades-long ban on gay Scouts. We applaud the BSA for taking this step forward and today, we recommit ourselves to working towards full inclusion for all. Their ban on gay adults remains in place.

      We couldn't have gotten to where we are today without you. I would like to thank everyone for the support. That you for supporting this petition and the cause at large. Thank you for the words of wisdom. Thank you for the positive messages of non-discrimination that you all have sent. Thank you for your passion, compassion, and sense of justice that has taken us this far. Thank you for your faith, your dedication to this cause and your relentless work for equality in Scouting.

      There's a lot of work to do, and we have the momentum. Let's keep it that way.

      http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/MembershipStandards/Resolution/results.aspx

    2. The Vote.

      Matthew Wilcott
      Organizador de la petición

      As I have said all along, the vote yesterday was a first step. It is an imperfect, legally problematic and contextually offensive first step that basically says at 17 years, and 364 day old a gay boy can be a scout, but 24 hours later that same boy is now not allowed?

      But it IS a step forward nonetheless. The policy on banning gay adult Scouters may very likely collapse under the weight of its own illogicalness in next few years. The fact that it passed with 61% is telling where attitudes of the BSA Membership is heading. There opinions of the younger generation (cub scout parents that will hopefully move up with their sons into Boy Scouts .... and the hopefully increased number of cub scouts joining now due to this vote)

      I know advocates for equality, like myself, would rather have had a full victory rather than a partial one here, but the BSA was at a true crossroads yesterday. Despite hiking at a slow pace, they overwhelmingly chose the path forward. No small thing, is that.

    3. Tonawanda News

      Matthew Wilcott
      Organizador de la petición

      Another write up on our petition. Trying to spread the word.

      http://m.tonawanda-news.com/tonawanda/db_291881/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=hoM2irhA

      Also, two other resolutions were submitted to the Natioanl BSA for consideration at the May meeting with hopes of making it to the floor for a vote. Both of these resolutions pertain specifically to allowing gay and lesbian adults into the Boy Scouts.

      One, from a member of the BSA in Baltimote area council, details a policy similar to the once rumored policy many thought last weeks resolution would be, one of which membership of gay adults is up to the troop and chartering organization.

      The second, from the Los Angeles area council, calls from complete inclusion of gay and lesbian adults in the BSA.

      If any of these two resolutions make it to the vote in May then I will be endorsing it. If any make it, it will be only one, and probably the one that leaves decisions up to troops/charter organizations.

    4. CNN Debate with Scouting for Equality Zach Wahls

      Matthew Wilcott
      Organizador de la petición
      Scouts for Equality's Zach Wahls Debates Opposition on CNN

      Scouts for Equality's Executive Director, Zach Wahls, debates our opposition on CNN. The opposition tells the host, Don Lemon, an openly gay man and former Scout, that he is unworthy of being a Scout leader.

    5. Proposed Resolution

      Matthew Wilcott
      Organizador de la petición

      http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/04/19/resolution/

      After reading the resolution again I realized that the first time I overlook something crucial: this is still disrimination and does not allow gay adults to be in the BSA. While this is a step in the right direction, allowing gay scouts, it is not entirely what I hoped. In fact, it has become readily apparent that the BSA, no matter how much they appear to want to change, still does not value those that have a different sexual orientation as them. While gay scouts will now be allowed in, assuming approval, it is clear they are not welcome. Why would a scout come out and be TRUSTWORTHY to himself and others when as soon as he turns 18 he will be deemed unfit to be a good role model and leader? It is silly.

      That being said, I fully support this propsed resolution and will use our petition to push our voting members to vote in favor. I whole-heartedly believe that full inclusion will happen soon. Not in May, but soon.

      BSA membership policy resolution released, will be voted on in May

      The Boy Scouts of America's Executive Committee today released its membership policy resolution, which proposes removing the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone and maintaining the current membership policy for all adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. The resolution, if passed, would be effective Jan.

    6. YNN Interview

      Matthew Wilcott
      Organizador de la petición

      Here is the link to the YNN Buffalo interview. They not only interviewed but also talked to GNFC Scout Executive Russell Etzenhauser. I think it is a good segment.

      Thank you to all the new supporters for signing!

      More news and updates to come.

      http://buffalo.ynn.com/content/656391/eagle-scout-leads-campaign-for-change-in-scouts/

    7. News and Links!

      Matthew Wilcott
      Organizador de la petición

      Good Morning eveyrone! I just wanted to share a few links. Also, I taped an interview with YNN on Wednesday. Still waiting on its airing.

      The first link, is an opinion piece published yesterday in the Buffalo News in support of our petition and our cause. I would like to meet whoever wrote this piece and shake their hand. I appreciate what they wrote about me and I could say the same for them.

      http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130411/OPINION/130419879/1074

      The second link is an article from the Washington Post about two boy scout brothers, both gay, who are making a public stance on this inequality. The older brother is aged out and an Eagle Scout while the younger one is still involved and working towards Eagle. Their bravery is admirable and reasons why I know what we are doing is right.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-gay-boy-scout-pushes-for-change-putting-his-eagle-scout-ranking-at-risk/2013/04/11/d79ffa4a-a253-11e2-9c03-6952ff305f35_story

      Eagle Scout demonstrates leadership by pushing to admit gay members - The Buffalo News

      Here is a profile in courage from Western New York. Matthew Wilcott, a 29-year-old Eagle Scout who remains active in Scouting here, is leading a local effort to persuade the Boy Scouts of America to open its ranks to gay members.Boy Scouts has historically resisted efforts to allow gays in...

    8. Welcome New Supporters!

      Matthew Wilcott
      Organizador de la petición

      We gained a flurry of new supporters in the last 24 hours or so, thanks in no small part to the article in the Buffalo News this morning. You can check out that link here"

      http://buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20130404%2FCITYANDREGION%2F130409606%2F1002

      Keep spreading the word and pushing our message. The vote is about 47 days away. Towards the end of this month I will print off the petition and the names and deliver to the GNFC office to pass on to our voting Representatives. This will show that there is a support .. and it is strong and growing.

      I personally believe that our current policy is wrong and will be changed. Thank you for believing too.

      Eagle Scout leads local push to open ranks to gays - The Buffalo News

      A local campaign is being waged to persuade the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay members, and an Eagle Scout is leading the effort.Matthew Wilcott, a 29-year-old Town of Tonawanda resident, says it became a matter of conscience for him to take a public stand in trying to influence a vot...

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    Apoyos

    • Ann Burlingham PERRY, NY
      • hace alrededor de 1 año

      As a former Girl Scout, I am proud of my organization, whose response to members it had not anticipated has always been "how do we become more inclusive?" Sadly, the Boy Scouts have gone the other way. They claim laudable goals, but excluding LBGT and atheist members, they are teaching their members that discrimination is acceptable, and, by their claims to be teaching good values, that such discrimination is a part of being a moral individual.

      The exclusion not only hurts Scouts and Scouting in this way, it hurts the people excluded - often publicly ousted and stripped of earned honors - but the group, as shutting out diverse voices, experience, and people always does. When it comes time to vote, the Greater Niagara Frontier Council should challenge the national organization, and, if that fails, it should, in all good conscience, remove itself from the national organization until it exemplifies these values.

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    • Bruce Schreiber KENMORE, NY
      • hace alrededor de 1 año

      To be 'morally stright'

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    • Maureen Dahlke KENMORE, NY
      • hace alrededor de 1 año

      I am a committee member and treasurer of my son's scout troop. Being morally straight means standing up against discrimination and hate.

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    • Kenneth Carpenter NIAGARA FALLS, NY
      • hace alrededor de 1 año

      A gay person is just a normal as straight, and not the way the a society and conservative media suggests such as predators or even as rediculous as into beastiality.

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    • Patrick Weisansal II BUFFALO, NY
      • hace alrededor de 1 año

      I am an Eagle Scout.

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