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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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Big Brothers and Sisters Does NOT Discriminate Against People Who are Gay

By Peter Cassels

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SUMMARY: Peter Cassels highlights Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which is an organization that accepts gay men among its cadre of volunteers. The article features the Massachusetts Chapter, which is one of the largest. It includes stringent background checks, in determining the qualifications of potential volunteers. This group is the nation's oldest and largest youth
mentoring group

The author includes the evolution of this federation's reversal over twenty years ago of a position which at one time barred homosexuals as volunteers. Men who want to volunteer undergo an extensive screening process by a staff. The staff also does criminal background checks, but having a record does not necessarily mean a person is automatically rejected.

Larry Makowski, who is gay, is vice president for volunteer recruitment and marketing at Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay. Asked in an interview why gays should become Big Brothers, he replied: ``Generally, I think people should become mentors because kids really need caring, responsible adults in their lives to become good adults themselves. There are plenty of gays and lesbians who can serve as great role models and mentors.

Brian Glaser of Brookline has had 14-year-old Brandon, who lives in Dorchester, as his Little Brother for just over a year. Asked in an interview why he got involved, Glaser said he always has enjoyed being around kids, from the days when he was a ski instructor. ``Being a Big Brother was a way for me not only to be around kids, but to make a difference," he explains. ``I thought I had a lot to offer and that it would be a very rewarding and fun experience."

Asked how he has benefited, Glaser replies: ``The experience has become so much more than I thought it would be. It's really pretty awesome responsibility. He's become a big part of my life and vice versa. I feel incredibly proud of him and very invested in him and his life. He challenges me to really step out of my world and my life and try to understand what it's like to be different."

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