Verizon: Pull your donations until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy
  • Petitioning Binta Vann-Joseph

This petition will be delivered to:

Verizon Foundation, Director of Marketing Strategy
Binta Vann-Joseph
Executive Champion, GLOBE of Verizon
Peter Thonis
President, GLOBE of Verizon
Mario Acosta-Velez
Vice President, GLOBE of Verizon
Ellen Cummings
Verizon Media Relations
Ellen Yu

Verizon: Pull your donations until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy

    1. Zach Wahls
    2. Petition by

      Zach Wahls

      Iowa City, IA

Verizon Communications Inc. recently received a perfect 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. Now, Scouts for Equality -- representing thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders across the country -- is urging Verizon to act on that rating and help end the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

Under the eligibility requirements listed on the Verizon Foundation's website, the company says it will NOT fund organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. But in 2010, Verizon gave more than $315,000 in grants to the Boy Scouts, despite the Scouts' policy banning gay youth and leaders from participating.

As an Eagle Scout and founder of Scouts for Equality, I applaud Verizon's support for the Boy Scouts. The BSA has historically been a vital American institution critical in the development of our nation's future leaders. But on July 17, 2012, the BSA reaffirmed their discriminatory policy, stating in part: "…we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals…" And because of this policy, respected Scouts and Scout leaders -- like California Boy Scout Ryan Andresen and Ohio Den Mother Jennifer Tyrrell -- continue to be kicked out of the Boy Scouts, just because they are gay.

Until the Boy Scouts end this hurtful policy, they do not deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality. Intel Corporation and UPS, two large corporate donors of the Boy Scouts, recently announced that they've updated their funding guidelines to reject organizations that discriminate -- including the Boy Scouts. Now it's time for Verizon to do the same.

Verizon's own website states that "At Verizon, Diversity means embracing differences and variety including age, ethnicity, education, sexual orientation, work style, race, gender and more. When diversity is a part of a company’s culture, as it is at Verizon, everyone benefits – customers, suppliers and employees." We urge Verizon to truly live by these words and use their influence to help end the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy.

Please join Scouts for Equality in calling on Verizon to enforce its own funding guidelines and pull its contributions to the Boy Scouts of America until the Boy Scouts pull their discriminatory policy.

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NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a current or former Verizon employee, or involved in Scouting, please say so in the "Reasons for signing" section. Thanks!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. The Advocate: Will Verizon Stop Funding The Boy Scouts?

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      Verizon Urged To End Donations to Boy Scouts of America

      An organization of former Boy Scouts is urging telecommunications giant Verizon to end its partnership with the Boy Scouts of America because of its policy barring gay leaders and members. Scouts for Equality, founded by Eagle Scout and activist Zach Wahls, are leading a petition drive asking Verizon's philanthropic arm, the Verizon Foundation, to stop donating funds to the scouts.

    3. Verizon Urged to Halt Boy Scouts Donations Over Anti-Gay Policy

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      Verizon Urged To Halt Boy Scouts' Donations Over Anti-Gay Policy

      A newly-launched petition is urging Verizon to follow in the footsteps of UPS and the Intel Foundation in withdrawing corporate sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Zach Wahls, the Iowa student whose impassioned pro-gay marriage speech to his state's legislators became the most-watched political clip of 2011 on YouTube after going viral twice last year, penned the petition on behalf of Scouts for Equality.

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • justin benson PARROTTSVILLE, TN
      • 10 days ago

      This petition is important to me because i feel that everyone should have equal rights regardless!

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    • James Ratliff TAMPA, FL
      • 20 days ago

      Current VZW customer.

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    • Tara Lancaster MACKINAW, IL
      • 23 days ago

      I am conflicted about my sons being in scouts even though otherwise it is a good organization. Please stop this hate.

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    • Whitney Thaler FOREST GROVE, OR
      • about 1 month ago

      My family have been longtime customers who will certainly be taking our business elsewhere if Verizon continues to support the boy scouts until they overturn their anti-gay policy.

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    • Kevin McLemore PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      As a former Verizon Wireless employee, I find this goes against the core values of Verizon wireless as well as Verizon communications.

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