We, the Scouting community of Noblesville, Indiana urge the Crossroads of America Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
I earned the rank of Eagle in 2012. A few weeks later, I came out as bisexual to my parents and close friends. News quickly went around school of my sexual orientation as my parents struggled to accept the "new" me. I was repeatedly verbally harassed, ostricized, and abused as well as physically abused before, during, and after school. I eventually went on to attempt suicide three times because I couldn't bear the thought of taking the daily abuse, or of being kicked out of Scouting because of who I am.
I urge the Boy Scouts of America and the Crossroads of America Council to reject the anti-gay policy of the Boy Scouts of America. This policy promotes bigotry and decades, if not centuries, of segregation based on sexual orientation. This policy is not courteous or kind, as it treats some young boys as inferiors. It is no different than segregation based on race.
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.
I love the Boy Scouts, but I can’t support this policy. That's why I 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.
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