Praise Boy Scout President for Denouncing Anti-Gay Policy

Target: Robert Gates, National President of the Boy Scouts of America

Goal: Applaud Boy Scouts of America’s president for advocating inclusion of LGBT troop leaders.

The Boy Scouts had better move to allow LGBT men to be troop leaders or risk being made irrelevant by changing national opinion regarding LGBT orientations and gender identities, according to the national organization’s president Robert Gates. Preventing LGBT adults from being troop leaders is homophobic and transphobic discrimination, plain and simple. Praise Gates for coming out against this bigoted policy.

Despite widespread pressure from organization leaders and even United States President Barack Obama, in 2013 the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) national council voted to continue the mandatory exclusion of LGBT adult leaders and volunteers from the organization. This, apparently, did not sit well with former Secretary of Defense and BSA President Robert Gates.

During his speech at the organization’s recent annual national business meeting, Gates took the opportunity to lay out in no uncertain terms what he thought of the discriminatory ban. “Events during the past year have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore,” he said. “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”

Amazingly, Gates also promised to make sure that any local BSA chapters that choose to defy the homophobic ban will not lose their charters, effectively opening the doors for them to hire LGBT troop leaders without fear of negative consequences from the national leadership. Sign the petition below applaud Gates for speaking out against this discriminatory policy and for working to undermine it.


Dear National President Gates,

I am writing you today regarding your recent remarks about the Boy Scouts of America’s discriminatory ban on LGBT adult leaders and volunteers. I wanted to take the time to express my appreciation for your anti-homophobia advocacy.

Barring gay and other LGBT adults from being a part of the BSA in either a Scoutmaster or volunteer role is blatant, and shameless, discrimination. There is no justifiable reason to exclude them from the organization, and any reason that could otherwise be given is homophobic by definition.

How the members of the BSA’s national council found it in their hearts to continue this indefensible ban in 2013 boggles the mind. Hopefully, hearing the error of their ways from the organization’s national president will make them see the truth of the situation and motivate them to bring the matter to another vote. Thank you for speaking truth to power and working to end this discriminatory exclusion of LGBT adults from one of our nation’s most beloved youth organizations.


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