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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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Dr. Donna Davenport


Dr. Donna Davenport is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University. She has written a number of scholarly presentations and articles, many of them on the psychological aspects of sexual orientation. One of her most recent publications is Singing Mother Home: A Psychologist's Journey through Anticipatory Grief, a memoir about helping her mother die.

In her 20s, Donna taught Jr. High English. The school counselor loaned her many books, which eventually led to Donna's pursuit of her doctoral degree in psychology. More importantly, the counselor became her close friend and confided that she was a lesbian. Through her, Donna met many gay and lesbian individuals and ended up doing her dissertation on lesbianism. She has continued to teach and present to various audiences--from academic deans to church congregations--regarding sexual orientation, trying to debunk myths and foster understanding and acceptance. She is particularly concerned about the effects of prejudice and discrimination on gay adolescents, who may be quite vulnerable to family, religious, and societal pressures. Much of her personal and professional energy is devoted to eliminating institutional discrimination.

Donna was in the Scouts herself for several years, and her brother was an Eagle Scout. Because she sees scouting as valuable, she is committed to ridding the institution of discrimination against gay and/or atheist individuals. Scouting should be available to all; further, it should offer everyone an experience of psychological support and nurturance. Like many other social institutions, BSA is having growing pains as it struggles to incorporate "new" ideas into its traditional policies. Donna is honored to be part of a movement that will use its influence to enter this struggle on behalf of those currently experiencing discrimination.

 

 

 

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