Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Grand Canyon Council

This petition was delivered to:

Larry Abbott, Scout Executive
Grand Canyon Council

Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Petition by

      Jeff Balmat

      Flagstaff, AZ

We, the Scouting community of FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, urge the GRAND CANYON COUNCIL to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

When I was a scout, friends of mine were forced to hide their identity and/or forced to leave scouting because they were gay. These scouts lived the values of scouting and were no less dedicated to the scouting program than I. As an adult leader, I now recognize the discrimination and hypocrisy of the BSA anti-gay policy. The reasons that supporters of the gay ban put forth (gays are predators, pedophiles, and will teach "gay ways") are based in ignorance and fear. Scouting does not teach us what to think, it teaches us how to think. The BSA should lead the way in promoting a culture of inclusiveness and equality among its youth and adults.

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. 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.

Grand Canyon Council, Larry Abbott, Scout Executive
Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

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    Reasons for signing

    • Wesley Parks PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      Stop the discrimination in this state and everywhere!

    • Mark Alan Dellavecchia CAMPBELL, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Webelo - Arrow of Light, Troop #517 Los Gatos, CA 95032, c.1975 At the age of 10, I had no idea I was destined to be GAY. HONESTY is one of the Scout ideals. It is time to let gay boys in the ranks be honest with themselves, their fellow scouts, their families, their community, and their God.

    • Don Dixon CANANDAIGUA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      My son is an Eagle and I know how important it is to him, I would hate to see that opportunity kept away from another young manbecause of religious BIGOTRY!

    • Sharlot Eisentraut PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      Supporters of the gay ban put forth ideas based in ignorance and fear. This policy will only cause psychological trauma in in youth and adults.

    • Jeff Harris ATLANTA, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am gay and was a Boy Scout in the early 1970's and I don't see the relevance of excluding gay youth from becoming Boy Scouts and learning all the wonderful things I learned in the Scouts.


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