Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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Gay Teens Need Our Support
Title: GAY TEENS NEED OUR SUPPORT
Date: March 22, 2001
Publication: The Denver Post
Writer: Diane Carman, Denver Post Columnist
Summary: A follow-up column to a news story yesterday about the Colorado state senate possibly debating
the Scout issue next week when it takes up a measure to designate "Scouting Week in Colorado" to celebrate
the BSA's narrow victory in last June's Supreme Court case. The writer highlights the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP) recent report stating that
"sexual orientation" is not a choice and that gay and Lesbian teens are particularly vulnerable to social
prejudice, peer abuse and isolation making them as a group more susceptible to extreme depression, risk behavior
and suicide. Even teens who are not gay but thought to be may be targeted for ridicule, and this youthful homophobia
is an important factor in violent school incidents. The writer notes that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) perpetuates
and promotes these problems by their anti-gay stance while ironically purporting to develop youth "character"
and "values." On this basis, she questions the wisdom of the Legislature's intended action.