Target: Robert Gates, President of Boy Scouts of America
Goal: Applaud Gates’ decision to allow gay leaders to serve with the institution.
In a recent turn of events, Robert Gates, President of Boy Scouts America, called for an end to the institution’s ban on openly gay adult leaders and members. In an effort to mirror recent developments, worldwide, of support for the LGBT community at large, Gates stated that anti-LGBT membership standards can’t be sustained, nor will they continue to hinder LGBT people from serving with the organization.
The decision comes after the institution agreed to allow LGBT youths to serve, while keeping the ban on openly gay adult leaders and members. Now, the policy will be reconsidered, allowing gay leaders to be inducted into the institution and protecting them from being fired just because of their sexual orientation.
Several New York and Denver Boy Scout chapters, in an effort to state their advocacy and support of the serving of LGBT-oriented individuals, have made hiring decisions that go against past beliefs regarding LGBT adult leaders and members. However, this defiance of policy didn’t prompt Gates to revoke their charters or punish the New York and Denver leaders for standing up for what they believe in. Instead, Gates was inspired to reform the discriminatory policy, stating that the Boy Scouts institution cannot “…ignore the social, political and juridical changes taking place in our country.”
Gates’ decision was also prompted by the recent firing of an Ohio Boy Scout assistant scoutmaster, after it became common knowledge that he was gay. The new pro-LGBT policy is poised to embrace full national policies regarding inclusion, which state that an individual may not be discriminated against because of who they are, especially not because of their sexual orientation.
Sign the petition below to applaud Robert Gates’ decision to do away with the discriminatory, anti-LGBT policy and support the LGBT community at large.
Dear Mr. Gates,
As an LGBT supporter and lifelong advocate for human rights, I find your decision to allow LGBT people to serve in the Boy Scouts, as leaders and members, a laudable act. Sister organization, Girl Scouts USA, has also been under fire for their pro-LGBT views, but it is refreshing to see storied institutions like yours not cave to the bigotry of anti-LGBT groups and recognize that the times are changing.
LGBT people are already fixtures as some of the most marginalized people in this country. They are unlawfully discriminated against in the workplace and in our society. Being shut out from enriching programs and organizations and fired because of their sexual orientation are just a few of the issues LGBT adults and youths face in their lifetime. However, your valiant efforts to debunk myths and not cave to the prejudice prove that the Boy Scouts are a safe, unsegregated space for LGBT youths and adults to engage in life-changing and self-affirming activities.
Thank you for reforming your early policy that banned LGBT people from serving with the Boy Scouts as leaders and as members. The Boy Scouts will now join the ranks of other institutions and organizations across the United States that have taken a stand against discrimination and realized the importance of LGBT inclusion.
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