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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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Eagle Scout Supports The Efforts of Steven Cozza and Scouting for All Against The Discrimination of The Boy Scouts of America

July 7, 2004
Dear Steven,

In reading the transcript, I see that you have delivered an eloquent speech to the Anti-Defamation League. I congratulate you on your award from that organization.

I too am an Eagle Scout. I went from Bobcat Cub Scout to Eagle Scout in a family of 6 who were very much into Scouting. I am likely twice your age and happen to be gay. My experience in Scouting was wonderful. That experience led to a lifetime of public service as a paramedic. As an adult I've also served as an Explorer Advisor sharing my career in public safety with young men and women who have an interest in that field.

It will come as no surprise to you that there were gay boys and men in the BSA back in the 1960's and 70's, just as they are now. I, like you, cannot understand why the BSA has chosen this point in time to take issue with gays in the BSA. You and I are caught in the same paradox; we are both proud of our Eagle Scout rank, yet ashamed of the hatred and bigotry the BSA now teaches.

I learned many valuable things in the BSA. But, in the pre-internet age, one thing I learned in the BSA was that I was not alone as a young gay person. What might have been a life ended prematurely back in those days
turned into a life dedicated to saving lives, due in large part to the BSA experience.

You certainly honor the Eagle Badge and the Scout Oath by your actions.


Kevin (Anonymous), EMT-P
Eagle Scout




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