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Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

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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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Date: April 13, 2001
Publication: San Francisco Chronicle
Writer: Kathleen Wilkenson, Special to SF Gate

The column focuses on Tom Shepard, a documentary film director, and his award winning piece entitled "Scout's Honor." The film explores the "moral life" of a teenage boy and received considerable critical acclaim from viewers at the Sundance Film Festival and from representatives from the Playboy Foundation. Shepard's film documents Steven Cozza and his nascent gay-rights organization formed to thwart the Boy Scout's anti-gay policies. Shepard was interested in this idea of a straight person taking on the issue of gay rights and ended up producing a film that tried represent all the aspects, both negative and positive, of taking such a position. Unfortunately, Shepard had to leave out many hours of footage including material on gay-friendly troops and historical research regarding early conceptions in Scouting. However, despite a somewhat antipathetic view, Shepard emerged from the project with "far more respect" for Scouting. Shepard sensed a stregnthening alliance between gay and straight people and plans to distribute the film throughout many Gay/Straight Alliance groups across the nation.




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