Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
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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Brenda Watson, Transgender Eagle Scout
Brenda Watson is a Transgender Eagle Scout. She has been working with Scouting for All for many years in San Diego as a volunteer, and is also active in many GLBTQ causes. She is a dynamic and kind hearted woman, and an asset to the Scouting for All team. She has recently joined the National Team of Scouting for All as State Director for Southern California. Scouting for All is proud to have her on our team. Below is her acceptance speech for the 2008 Fran Crawford Volunteer of the Year Rainbow Award. We appreciate her continuing contributions to this important cause. Below is her acceptance speech.
Brenda's Acceptance Speech:
As a transgender activist/eagle scout, it gives me great pride and honor to receive the Fran Crawford Volunteer of the Year Rainbow Award. I am fortunate to be part of Scouting For All, for it gives me the opportunity to serve my community in a special way. My reward is the personal satisfaction and love I receive, from serving my community.
Resigning the rank of eagle to Scouting for All was extremely difficult and emotional, but I knew the time had come for me to pursue that personal protest.
My pride of the many years in scouting and earning the highest rank gave me many happy memories. Of the million active U.S. scouts, only 4% are eagles and receiving my eagle was one of the best moments of my life. Now, it has all dissolved into shame, disgust and embarrassment, for the organization I was so proud of.
The Boy Scouts of America of today dishonors the values of scouting in which I was raised and continue to adhere. The BSA's discrimination policy is not making scouting a safe place for America and contributes to the growing catastrophe of youth suicides.
I am no longer acceptable to the BSA or could ever be an adult leader, as to them, I am unfit, bad influence and a second class citizen. So until they change their hurtful policy, I will continue my dedication, (now as a team leader) to Scouting for All in, "Helping to Make the World a Better Place."
State Director (Southern California)