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.
Scouting for All is a 100% Volunteer 501-(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Every dollar donated goes toward our education and advocacy programs, and is tax deductible.
John R. Selig is a gay parent who raised his 26-year-old son. He works in the advertising and marketing field and
is a gay activist, free-lance writer and photographer living in Dallas, Texas. He was legally married to his partner
in Toronto, Canada on April 17th by Canada's first openly gay justice.
Selig was a member of the StopDrLaura.com National Steering Committee and is currently engaged in the same-sex
marriage battle through his involvement with dontamend.com.
Selig has been written about in the Dallas Voice, Texas Triangle, Long Islander, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer,
New York Times, Newsday and U.S. News & World Report and appeared on the Donahue and Rolonda television shows
and numerous radio shows around the country.
Selig has written and photographed feature articles for A&U magazine and has written Op-Ed Pieces for the Dallas
Morning News, Arizona Republic and Mesa Tribune and articles for the Dallas Voice and Texas Triangle.
Selig contributed profiles and photographs and was a Consulting Editor to the award-winning book Uncommon Heroes:
A Celebration of Heroes and Role Models for Lesbian and Gay Americans, and was a contributor to the book Telling
Tales Out of School.
Currently Selig writes book reviews for ForeWord magazine and the Lambda Book Report.
"I support Scouting For All because youth are impressionable and the dangerous and hateful message sent by
the Boy Scouts of America that it is okay to exclude gays and atheists will result in prejudice to those excluded.
Groups that are ostracized can easily become targeted for emotional and physical abuse. My father and his parents
fled Nazi Germany in 1935 when dad was ten because as Jews my family felt the sting of such pressure.
I have lived my life with the refrain "Never Again" as a motivator against such groups as the Boy
Scouts of America that employ discrimination against others. I support Steven and Scott Cozza and the many others
with Scouting For All in their efforts to reverse this absurd policy."
-- John R. Selig