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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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Australia Supports Steven Cozza's, Scouting for All's Message "Being Gay is Normal"

January 25, 2005

I watched a documentary about gay rights especially about the scouts in America here from Australia. I think what you did years ago was very brave and your family support is tremendous. I think the documentary is wonderful as it reaches out to all places over the world and makes many people see what the truth should be. I understand how hard it was to be a gay down there in america since christianity is a major aspect of most american's life. It is a pity that they show this at night, including many documentaries that might open people's eye about things out there. Somehow I wished my parents would've been there watching the documentary. I believe being gay can be a curse in the society we live in but it is actually a blessing for us as we are given the privilege to see what others don't, to feel the pain of those who are different and to respect everyone and anyone. My current grief is probably toward today's american show that commercializes and commodifies gay with a stereotype which most of us aren't categorised into.

I couldn't believe that a 12 years old boy could make such great changes while at that time I was 12 and in depression, for not being brave enough to be myself.The church also condemns my kind in front of my face, yet I never lose hope with my own faith. That is why I don't want to be baptised as a symbol of that I don't need social acceptance to be christian. It's hard for me to trust people since then. It is until last year I tell the truth to my mother indirectly through electronic communication and to my sister who will graduate in Washington DC this
year. As an asian and christian family its really hard even for me to accept myself let alone others. I still haven't tell my father about it and probably will never since both me and my sister agreed that he might never accept me as a gay.True, being gay is very lonely and I know the feeling and its been so long until the time I found a way of expressing feeling which is through music. So here I am, nineteen years old, decide to quit design course and to reach my dream: to study music and become an opera singer.In the world today some gays would feel so belonged but I, a conservative person doesn't agree with most of their sexual lifestyle and culture.They're very near yet they're far away.

Alas I want to say thank you for all of your effort in the past and in the present and wish you well. Probably this feeling I have is the feeling to know that I am not alone in this world. Great to know you through the documentary. It's great mate.

best regards,




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