For Immediate Release
Scouting for All
September 1, 2002
Scott Cozza, Pres. S4A
Scouting for All Needs Your Support
Please Sign Up As A National Rally Organizer
For Our National Rally Week October 6-12, 2002
Recognizing GLBTQ and Non-theist Youth (Sign up as a Rally Organizer online at www.scoutingforall.org Click
the National Rally menu on the S4A homepage)
Name of the activity: Scouting For All's National Annual Rally
Theme: National Rally Week Recognizing Gay and Non-theist Scouts and all GLBTQ and Non-theist Youth
"We will no longer tolerate our gay youth having to remain invisible out of fear. We will continue to work
with other concerned individuals and groups in a united effort towards helping to create a society where our gay
youth can feel safe to be who they have come blessed to be."
Scouting For All Board of Directors, Volunteers and Members
Purpose: The purpose of Scouting for All's National Annual Rally is to get the Boy Scouts of America to rescind
its discriminatory policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults and atheists and to help recognize GLBTQ
youth. This will mark Scouting for All's 3rd National Annual Rally. Our first rally was in '00. It represented
a protest against the US Supreme Court's decision, James Dale vs BSA. Our first National Rally lead to the creation
of Scouting for All's current National
The other purpose of Scouting for All's National Annual Rally is to acknowledge, recognize, and embrace gay youth
with an empowering message. Scouting for All's National Annual Rally occurring every year across the United States
and Internationally will be a vehicle to help give voice to this embracing message to our gay youth.
Scouting For All's National Campaign (www.scoutingforall.org):
S4A's National Campaign is our national strategy to get the BSA to rescind its policy of discrimination. It calls
for the following actions:
Individuals who Believe in Justice for All outside of Scouting to speak out in opposition of the BSA policy. BSA
Members, Scout Units, Sponsors, Council to speak out in opposition of the BSA policy. Silence equals collusion
with the discriminatory practice of the BSA. We are asking funders such as the United Way and businesses to NOT
fund any organization which discriminates against any segment of our society. We are asking schools and government
to NOT support any organization which discriminates against any segment of our society. We are asking religious
congregations and denominations to say NO to the BSA's policy of discrimination against our gay youth, adults and
atheists. Goal's of Scouting for All's National Rally Week: (the list is not in any order of priority)
- To draw media attention on a national level
- To rally current national support to further implement our National Campaign
- To inspire new support to begin to implement our National Campaign in new locations
- To continue to give the BSA the message that their policy hurts youth, especially gay youth
- To continue to give the BSA the message we are not giving up in the name of social justice and in honor of
our gay youth
- To acknowledge gay youth exist and that we must create a society that embraces them
- To encourage GSAs, Gay Straight Alliances in every H.S. in America, GSAs build bridges
- To help reclaim Scouting back to its core values as taught in the Scout Oath and Law
- To increase the Scouting For All Alliance for Human Rights membership and the S4A organization's membership
- To provide support to gay scouts throughout the United States of America
- To continue to give a national voice to the issue of discrimination against our gay youth
In every state in the United States of America and internationally to rally at local Scout Councils, United Ways,
School Districts, City Councils, Businesses and at Religious Denominations that continue to support the BSA's policy
The Scouting For All Alliance for Human Rights Coordinator will be the National Annual Rally Coordinator. This
person will coordinate the effort throughout the United States and Internationally with the assistance of the Scouting
for All Regional Directors and the Scouting For All Alliance members.
All individual grassroots organizers, community based groups, and national / international organizations who establish
a Rally Group for their area will be listed by state and city and or country on the Scouting for All web page with
their contact information, under the title - S4A's National Annual Rally: National Week of Recognition for Gay
Scouts and all Gay Youth. The listing will help each group generate support in their area.
Scouting For All will assist all Rally site coordinators with media press releases and action alerts as will as
helping to locate volunteers / members in their respective areas.
S4A's National Annual Rally Week October 6-12, 2002
Scouting For All's National Annual Rally Coordinator:
Scott Cozza, Pres and Southwestern Reg. Dir. S4A
707-778-0564 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also please contact your region's S4A Regional Director by clicking your region on the map on the S4A home page.
For international Rally organizers contact S4A through the email address: email@example.com for assistance.
*This year we are asking Rally Organizers to consider doing a fundraiser for your local GLBTQ youth group as well
as the rally protesting your areas BSA Scout Council or a BSA funder.
Scouting For All is requesting that Rally organizers send us 1-3 photos of your Rally to post on the S4A web page
in our Photo Gallery.