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Boy Scouts camp counselor comes out in ‘It Gets Better’ video

Friday, January 18, 2013

Derek Nance, a program director at the Mataguay Scout Ranch in San Diego, Calif., came out in this “It Gets Better” video posted on YouTube Thursday.

Nance speaks out against the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policies and says he knows “the time will come when LGBT Scouts can openly serve on summer camp staff and participate in the Scouting program, but for now the most important thing we can do is talk about the issue.”


Nance cited Tim Griffin, a former Eagle Scout who was fired from his job last August because he’s gay, as one of the reasons he had to come out.

In July, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its long-standing policy that prohibits openly gay members from joining the organization and bans gays and lesbians from serving as scout leaders.

The policy has provoked backlash for the organization, including criticism from President Barack Obama.

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3 more reader comments:

  1. Derek, I’m very proud of you! In 1957 at age 16 I became an Eagle Scout but didn’t know that I was born gay until age 23. Boy Scouts of America needs to know that their anti-gay policy causes LGBT youth to suffer in many ways: Denial, Depression, Embarrassment, Guilt, Homophobia, Quietness, Shame, Solitude, Withdrawal and even Suicide!

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 9:03pm
  2. if no one had ever suggested that gays could possibly be in the scouts their wouldn’t be the stink now, for when I was a kid in Georgia every scout troop I recall was 80% bi/gay.I imagine they still are.

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:22pm
  3. dude don’t get on the page if you don’t like anything to do with lgbt stuff. no one’s holding a gun to your head. if you want to be a colossal douche, by all means ruin everyone else’s happiness. but don’t expect people to agree with half of the hateful crap you say.

    Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 9:43am