Reject the Boy Scouts of America's Anti-Gay Policy
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My name is Tanner Moody and I'm an Eagle Scout from Oklahoma.
In April 2008, I joined the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). I enjoyed every minute of my Scouting career, from hiking in Kansas to spending a week each year at Hale Scout Reservation. The Scout Oath and Law is engraved in me, not by repetition, but for understanding as well. Reciting these each week for 7 years changed who I am today.
I've accepted my sexual orientation as "gay". Until January 2014, gay youth were not allowed in the Boy Scouts of America. There is currently a ban on gay leaders.
In my Scouting career, I was frightened of how the members of my troop would view my sexual orientation. Even after the anti-gay ban was lifted on youth at the beginning of 2014, I was continually scared and afraid.
January 22, 2014- I earned BSA's highest youth rank of Eagle Scout
February 2014- After turning 18, I became a leader of the troop
Until November 2014, I remained a leader within the troop, then stepped down and decided to not renew my membership in Scouting.
The Scouting program that built the person I am today was something I could no longer be apart of, because of one quality I have no control over: my sexual orientation.
At the beginning of this year, I was, once again, asked to employ at the same summer camp. After a quick phone interview with the Camp Director, a contract was being mailed to me.
Two key points in Scouting are “trustworthy” and “honesty”, qualities I have developed to their fullest extent.
Because of this, I felt it was important I should inform the Camp Director about my sexual orientation prior to working at the 8-week summer camp. On April 2, 2015, an openly gay Eagle Scout was accepted to work at a summer camp, which is basically the same situation I’ve experienced.
I met with the Camp Director and informed him of my sexual orientation. Soon after, with little consideration, I received a phone call stating, “We can’t offer you a job this summer.”
The news was shocking because I had already been offered the job based on merits and experience.
One quality of mine that isn’t exactly like theirs [members of BSA] kept me from working at a place I could've shared my Scouting experiences and helped scouts of all ages advance towards the rank I achieved: Eagle Scout.
I have done nothing but promote the advancement of the BSA, and would have done nothing to hinder the reputation of one of the greatest youth organizations in the world.
Not being hired based on my sexual orientation, instead of experience and knowledge in Scouting, is discrimination and should not be tolerated.
This must stop now.
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Thank You- Tanner Moody
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