Tell the Boy Scouts You Support Ending the Ban on Gay Scouts

Jim Burroway

January 30th, 2013

The governing board of the Boy Scouts of America is due to meet next week, when it is expected to end its ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Already our opponents are asking their supporters to flood Boy Scout headquarters with messages opposing the move. Its important that we do the same. There are four ways to do this:

  • Call them: At 972-580-2330. Keep your messages short and polite. When you call, you will be asked a question that some might find tricky: “Are you for or against the change in policy?” This may become confusing for people who are against the ban on gay Scouts. Please remember that you are for the change in policy.
  • Email them: At NationalSupportCenter@Scouting.org. Short and sweet is best. GLAAD recommends something like this: “Dear Boy Scouts of America, I think everyone should have the chance to take part in Scouting. I support an end to the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Sincerely, …”
  • Tweet them: For example: “Dear @BoyScouts, I support inclusive Scouting. End the ban on gay scouts and leaders. #BoyScouts”
  • Facebook them: Here. Again, keep it short, sweet, and polite.

Merrihelen McIntosh

January 30th, 2013

I’m a conservative, Mormon grandmother, but I believe this country was founded on the right to the pursuit to happiness. My ancestors came here for religious freedom in 1632 when those practicing pagan religions were being burned in England. Our Constitution set up the Bill of Rights to ensure freedom for everyone. I was a girl Scout from Kindergarten through high school and loved scouting. Please don’t deprive a person from this wonderful experience who truly wants to be a part of the organization and is doing nothing illegal. By most research studies, Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered people did not choose this. It is thought to be genetic. Would you deny admission to the program to someone because of eye, skin, or hair color? I hope you can update your bylaws to reflect modern thought on who can participate, while still keeping the traditions that make scouting a place to build great minds and spirits!

Timothy Kincaid

January 30th, 2013

The phone line was busy… which I hope is good news.

gsingjane

January 31st, 2013

I emailed them yesterday and tried calling but the line rang and rang with no answer. I’ll try again today.

As I posted below, I am so, so happy and excited that this day looks like it might finally get here. After we were so disappointed last summer, I really figured that was it for another decade.

As I also mentioned below, I have an 85 year old friend who was dismissed from BSA for being gay. Since then he has worked tirelessly to get the organization to see the error of “the policy.” I can’t tell you how thrilled I am, that this change may indeed happen in his lifetime.

The best thing about this is, the great experience of Scouting will now truly be available to “all.”

carol

January 31st, 2013

the mailto link has a slight error in it

Jim Burroway

January 31st, 2013

Sorry about that. I’ve fixed the link.

gsingjane

January 31st, 2013

I tried calling again today and the machine said they weren’t accepting any calls at this time, and the mailbox wasn’t accepting any messages. So, if you do want to speak out, I guess the best way would be email.

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