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Boy Scouts of America prepare for historic policy change to allow gay youth

Saturday, December 28, 2013
Elaine Thompson, APBoy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle on June 30, 2013.

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Boy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle on June 30, 2013.

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year’s Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded.

“My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” said Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member who chairs the policy implementation committee. “It’s business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.”

Some churches are dropping their sponsorship of Scout units because of the new policy and some families are switching to a new conservative alternative called Trail Life USA. But massive defections haven’t materialized and most major sponsors, including the Roman Catholic and Mormon churches, are maintaining ties.

“There hasn’t been a whole lot of fallout,” said Haddock, a lawyer from Wichita, Kan. “If a church said they wouldn’t work with us, we’d have a church right down the street say, ‘We’ll take the troop.’”

The new policy was approved in May, with support from 60 percent of the 1,400 voting members of the BSA’s National Council. The vote followed bitter nationwide debate, and was accompanied by an announcement that the BSA would continue to exclude openly gay adults from leadership positions.

Pat Sullivan, APBill Helfand, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 55 in Houston, said membership in his troop has remained steady at about 225 boys. "We never considered sexual orientation, and I don't think many troops really did," he says. "I don't know whether we had Scouts who are homosexual. I don't inquire ... It's not a matter of concern."

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Bill Helfand, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 55 in Houston, said membership in his troop has remained steady at about 225 boys. “We never considered sexual orientation, and I don’t think many troops really did,” he says. “I don’t know whether we had Scouts who are homosexual. I don’t inquire … It’s not a matter of concern.”

LM Otero, APFormer Boy Scout and Scoutmaster Ron Orr is signing up local units for a new conservative alternative to the Boy Scouts of America called Trail Life USA. Orr said he could not stand by after the policy change to allow gay scouts.

LM Otero, AP
Former Boy Scout and Scoutmaster Ron Orr is signing up local units for a new conservative alternative to the Boy Scouts of America called Trail Life USA. Orr said he could not stand by after the policy change to allow gay scouts.

Under the new membership policy, youths can no longer be barred from the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or coed Venturers program solely on the basis of sexual orientation. However, gay Scouts will face some limitations.

“Any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” says one BSA document. “No member may use Scouting to promote or advance any social or political position or agenda, including on the matter of sexual orientation.”

Trying to anticipate potential friction, the BSA has distributed extensive explanations and question-and-answer documents related to the policy.

Some examples:

Could a Scout march in uniform in a gay-pride parade?

No, says the BSA. “Each youth member is free as an individual to express his or her thoughts or take action on political or social issues but must not use Scouting’s official uniforms and insignia when doing so.”

How publicly active could a gay Scout be, in terms of gay-rights advocacy?

The BSA’s reply: “While a youth member may acknowledge his or her sexual preference, that acknowledgment may not reach the level of distraction, which may include advocacy, promotion, or the distribution of information of a sexual nature.”

A frequently-asked-questions document anticipates that some objections might surface from parents — or Scouts themselves — in cases where a unit includes an openly gay boy.

Regarding shower and toilet facilities, the BSA says it is encouraging units to provide greater individual privacy, including moving away from the tradition of group showers.

“The adult leaders have the discretion to arrange private showering times and locations,” the BSA says.

Sleeping arrangements also are addressed, with specific decisions left to unit leaders.

“If a Scout or parent of a Scout makes a request to not tent with another Scout, their wishes should be honored,” says the BSA.

Haddock says “isolated pockets” of problems are likely to surface, but overall he expects adult leaders will have the skills to defuse potential conflicts.

There are about 1 million adult leaders and 2.6 million youth members in Scouting in the U.S. Of the roughly 110,000 Scout units, 70 percent are sponsored by religious organizations, including several conservative denominations that had long supported the BSA’s exclusion of gay youth and gay adults.

Among the major sponsors, the Southern Baptist Convention made clear its disappointment with the new youth policy, but left the decision on whether to cut ties up to local churches. An SBC spokesman, Sing Oldham, said it was not known how many churches have done so.

The biggest sponsor of Scout units — the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — commended the BSA for a “thoughtful, good-faith effort” to address a challenging issue, and said it would stay engaged in Scouting.

John Gailey of the Utah National Parks Council, the nation’s largest council, said its youth membership had increased from 74,148 in December 2012 to 75,863 this month.

Like the Mormons, the Roman Catholic Church has generally accepted the new policy. Many parishes will continue to sponsor Scout units, though a few have considered cutting ties.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting posted a question-and-answer document on its website, delving into the intersection of Scouting policy and Catholic teaching.

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that individuals who disclose a same-sex attraction are to be treated with the same dignity due all human beings … and also teaches that engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage is always immoral,” says the Q-and-A, concluding that the new BSA policy does not contradict Catholic teaching.

The ultimate decision on whether parishes would maintain or cut ties with the BSA was left to individual bishops. Several expressed cautious support for continuing in Scouting.

“As the new policy currently stands, I see no reason to prohibit our parishes from sponsoring Boy Scout troops,” said Rev. Kevin Rhoades, bishop of Indiana’s Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese. “At the same time, it is critical that we be vigilant on how this new policy is interpreted and implemented.”

One likely target of such scrutiny will be former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, scheduled to take over in the spring as the BSA’s next president. As leader of the Pentagon, Gates helped change the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning openly gay soldiers, and gay-rights groups hope he will try to end the BSA’s ban on gay adult leaders.

The new youth policy was approved during a BSA meeting in May in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, near the Scouts’ national headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Texas has a long heritage of Scouting, with tens of thousands of youth members and many families claiming generations of Eagle Scouts. Among them is Gov. Rick Perry, who achieved Scouting’s highest rank growing up in the small town of Paint Creek.

The membership debate was closely followed by local Scouts on both sides; some carried signs and held rallies outside the meeting place. But in subsequent months, the debate has quieted.

Bill Helfand, scoutmaster of Troop 55 in Houston, said membership in his troop has remained steady at about 225 boys.

“We never considered sexual orientation, and I don’t think many troops really did,” Helfand said. “I don’t know whether we had Scouts who are homosexual. I don’t inquire … It’s not a matter of concern.”

Helfand said the membership debate, while closely covered in the media, did not extend into his meetings with leaders and parents, besides occasional discussion of the policy at camp-outs. He says he hasn’t talked to any Scout about his sexual orientation and doesn’t intend to.

“I know that this is something that people felt was a momentous turning point for Scouting,” Helfand said. “Everybody I know has made Scouting available to every boy who wants it, and that’s what we continue to do.”

However, some Texas parents and leaders have decided to switch to Trail Life USA, an alternative which declares itself “a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men.” Among them is Ron Orr, a business consultant from the Fort Worth area who is signing up local units for the group.

So far, he said he has 25 groups “pre-chartered” for a Jan. 1 launch date in the territory covered by the BSA’s Circle Ten and Longhorn councils. That’s modest compared to the 39,000 Scouts served by the Circle Ten council alone.

Orr is part of a family with four generations of Eagle Scouts. His older son recently earned his Eagle rank and his younger son was on the verge of doing likewise. But Orr said he could not stand by after the policy change.

“As Christians, from a scriptural basis, we love all folks, but the scripture is very clear that being homosexual is a sin,” Orr said. “We’ve got to be able to hold a strong line and set a consistent example for our young men.”

Orr said his decision to cut ties with the BSA rested in part on the Scout Oath, which includes the admonition to remain “morally straight.”

Scott Scarborough of Lubbock, Texas, is helping Orr recruit Trail Life members in the Texas Panhandle, a mostly rural, conservative region. Scarborough said he offered to let his 14-year-old son stay in Boy Scouts and achieve his Eagle rank, but the boy elected to join him in Trail Life.

Orr and Scarborough said they didn’t consider themselves rivals to the Boy Scouts, though they’ve chosen a different path.

“Our tradition comes out of Boy Scouts,” Scarborough said. “We’ll never not honor that heritage.”

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100 more reader comments:

  1. What about adult scout leaders?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:13pm
  2. I say they should be allowed. Just because they are gay doesn't mean they are pedophiles.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  3. It's about time they realise that too.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:38pm
  4. Give them a few years to see what a non-issue the integration of our community's gay/ bi kids is and then they'll come around. During that same time frame marriage and antidiscrimination protections will continue to develop both in public law and policies both corporate and institutional.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:25pm
  5. Tjay- Straight people are also likely to be pedophiles and yet they are allowed to be leaders

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:45pm
  6. Sorry Donald, but what a stupid remark...It's offensive and short-sighted

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:21pm
  7. FINALLY

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:14pm
  8. It’s about time…

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:14pm
  9. Oh too bad the little Nazi children can’t pretend they are Gods only children anymore…watch them run like rabbits now.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:15pm
  10. It's not the kids' fault that some adults are ignorant bigots. They didn't make the policies that were/are in place. Sounds like you have a problem educating yourself as well.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:28pm
  11. But the "kids" aren't all going "We don't care" so yes its the kids faults too.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:10pm
  12. Dear Grant, children are no fools they like to be loved and accepted and they see that GLBT are not, if they do not speak up then they are a part of the problem. If they get beaten for speaking up which I can see may be the case in Republican house-holds then it is best to be quiet, but they know what is going on.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:13pm
  13. Boy scouts scouting for boys.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:15pm
  14. About freaken time when you take funds away then they make changes.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:15pm
  15. (y)

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:15pm
  16. About time

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:17pm
  17. It’s about fucking time.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:17pm
  18. Aw. <333

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:18pm
  19. What about Gay scout leaders!?!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:19pm
  20. I am happy to hear this.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:20pm
  21. :*

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  22. :*

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  23. :*

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  24. :*

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  25. It’s progress.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  26. :*

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  27. :*

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  28. :8

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  29. :*

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:23pm
  30. I thought they initiated that right away? What about these gay youth that want to become leaders? I guess that won’t be happening. SHAME

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:24pm
  31. Welcome to the 21st century

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:24pm
  32. I wish that they would allow LGBT adults to participate.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:24pm
  33. Gays in scouting is nothing new. What’s new is honesty.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:24pm
  34. It’s about time. Kids don’t care anymore as long as their parents aren’t bigots.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:25pm
  35. Ok, I’m just as happy about this as the next person, but I’m also curious about gay leaders as well as this whole bunk mates thing. Do these people really think that being gay is either contagious, or that these kids are even remotely interested in “recruiting” others? THEY JUST WANT TO BE BOYSCOUTS JUST LIKE OTHER BOYS. Jeez.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:26pm
  36. progress. one step at a time.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:29pm
  37. I was gay in cub and boy scouts, and never once did they care even years ago. I guess it all comes down to the individual and what they believe to be right or wrong in their eyes and not everyone else’s.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:31pm
  38. BSA has lost sponsorship from some of their biggest supporters, including the UPS, over their gay ban. They aren’t banning gay youths but they are still banning gay adults. BSA is an organization I will never support or encourage for other young people.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:31pm
  39. Still sounds like an awful lot of bigotry involved looking at the new rules… Can’t March in pride parades, so be a self confident scout but deny who you are to the world and by all means have separate but equal facilities and of course no gay role models to look up to…

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:33pm
  40. yep

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:22pm
  41. Isn’t this Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The Boyscout Edition?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:34pm
  42. im glad and girl scouts should follow suit

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:39pm
  43. GS has never had a ban; Gay, Straight, Undecided, Catholic, Atheist, Agnostic, or none of the above. Girl Scouts welcomes everyone, both as a participant AND as an Adult.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:49pm
  44. that's good im glad for the both the young men in boy scouts and young women in girl scouts

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:50pm
  45. Now if only they will change their rules on religion. At current, you have to worship a god to be in scouts.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:39pm
  46. it’s the 21st century and we still dived youth among sex????? and what skills do Boy Scouts foster in young men? How look like a solider?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:41pm
  47. I fail to see how this is progress. They will let in kids who are gay, but they can’t talk about it, are not allowed to be who they are, will be forced to sleep in different tents and shower alone, and by the way, the day you turn 18 you are no longer welcome. Sounds like separate but still not equal to me. I say pull all funding till the BSA gets their heads out of there asses.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:42pm
  48. Still plan on skipping it for my son.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:46pm
  49. It’s progress because they no longer exclude openly gay Scouts from the program. It’s not a perfect system, there are still flaws, but it has to start somewhere. This is a good place to start.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:47pm
  50. They still don’t allow gay scout leaders or atheists so I’m still not too thrilled with them but it’s step I guess.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:47pm
  51. yah there still afraids of gay people trting trun boys gay wich you cant do

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:24pm
  52. For progress to happen, they need to allow gay scout leaders. Also, they need to leave religion out of it and allow atheists to join, as well as letting them be scout leaders.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:49pm
  53. Wait, what? Wow, you know you're a Canadian when you forget other people can't always be openly gay atheistic Scout leaders...

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:57pm
  54. they still discriminate against scout leaders so I still will not support them.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:53pm
  55. YEA!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:53pm
  56. Pfft , who cares! what about all the wrongs you have done over the years!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:54pm
  57. it’s about time.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:56pm
  58. about fricken time

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:57pm
  59. Well I’ll tell I all what’s what? Heterosexual men and woman are the ones who molest children wayyyyy more than any other group that self-identifies itself, even percentage wise. Also, those doing the child raping are usually good standing community citizens who love to volunteer at groups like the Boy Scout. Who the kids look up to, who they trust. I can say from personal experience, being a Cub Scout, Weblow (sp) and a Boy Scout, also my mom was a Den Mother and my father was very involved in all aspects of the KOC, Scouts, etc…no gay man ever tried to fondle me, but a few adults who seemed to be normal law abiding citizens, seemed to have no fear of fondling the young, and I am not talking priests, I actually had a very good many years in the Catholic Church and Youth Groups, wasn’t until I was a teen that I broke free from all that I was taught. Needless to say, the Catholic League and all others related to this will be up in arms and FOX has a wk or two of news. I wonder what the new pope thinks about all this?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:58pm
  60. But…not gay scout masters? When are u kicked out, when u grow body hair?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:03pm
  61. Icing on the cake

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:08pm
  62. So a boy scout can not be an advocate for gay rights can they be an advocate for the right wing?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:14pm
  63. Could a potential scout member hang out with the Westboro Church in uniform?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:15pm
  64. Sounds like “separate yet equal” bullshit to me

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:17pm
  65. Why should non-gay/ bi buys be expected
    to share a tent or shower
    with a gay/ bi guy
    any more than
    a woman would be expected to do so w/ a male.

    They just need to work out creative solutions.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:20pm
  66. Because they're gay, not predators...They're not going to attack a straight man anymore than they would a gay man... Get it?

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:17pm
  67. Not all non-gay men are predators either, but we maintain boundaries. Not all non-gay men attack anyone, but we still have separate facilities. Just seems to me to be a bit much to expect from them.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:19pm
  68. It’s the same issue I presented with the military’s “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy = there are gay people in every crevice of society. Wouldn’t you rather know who is gay and who isn’t than promote secrecy? As for those who are gay, being out of the closet educates others that there are so many varieties of us :)

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:25pm
  69. It’s about time!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:29pm
  70. I almost don’t believe this is real. It seems unbelievable.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:32pm
  71. Hmmmmm, just wondering out loud if Gays are excluded from the Baptist Royal Ambassador program.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:43pm
  72. Corey Mondello – it is true that most child molesters are heterosexual, but it’s a meaningless statistic, because most PEOPLE are heterosexual. It’s like saying most flood damage is done by water. Sure, you might occasionally see a flood of some other fluid, but the bulk of the fluid on the planet is water.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:50pm
  73. So. Little had changed. If a boy wants to avoid being treated differently – like some kind of sex maniac who will rape his tent-mates while they sleep – all he has to do is stay in the closet. So the BSA continues to quietly encourage boys and men to violate the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Isn’t that special?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:56pm
  74. When I was a kid I always wanted to be a Boy Scout.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:56pm
  75. Leaders are not included, thus this joke continues until all are equal!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:00pm
  76. Yay

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:04pm
  77. Finally! And only after they realized they would lose funding!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:07pm
  78. You know…they never know who they let in anyhow lol It took them a long time to figure out that there were gay scout leaders and gay scouts in it. The worse thing about all of it is that a lot of the gay scouts will probably be bullied in it and then treated like crap. I wonder which way they’ll go then?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:08pm
  79. not enough. scout becomes adult? then what? no scouting? this is a stupid “middle ground”.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:08pm
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    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:10pm
  81. About time!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:14pm
  82. gay is a man & a woman..they are all just freaked out because masculine is making a stand !!…get used to it.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:16pm
  83. OMG how bloody generous of them….

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:25pm
  84. It’s good to see changes to end the discrimination against LGBT children and adolescents, the BSA still advocates open discrimination against “adult gay leadership” and this just makes me even angrier and more determined to NOT SUPPORT THE BOY SCOUTS of AMERICA. Sad.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:28pm
  85. About bloody time!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:38pm
  86. will accept??? ………how nice of you,, gee, thanks

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:41pm
  87. I still wouldn’t qualify
    They still discriminate against atheists

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:44pm
  88. About damn time. Sheesh…

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:51pm
  89. Congratulations to both Boy Scouts of America and LGBT youth of America! Adult gay leaders are also needed!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:52pm
  90. Its the 21st century people, sexual orientation, beliefs, things like that should not get in the way of people doing what they want to do.
    The human race isn’t perfect, never will be, but should be much more tolerant. Religion, politics, shouldn’t define or sway decisions. I’m also ex army and gay, but I push either subject on people, nor does it define me

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:59pm
  91. Good, I respect them again

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:59pm
  92. If the tent’s a’rockin, don’t come a’knockin.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:59pm
  93. Adult Gay Leaders is still banned, so when these openly gay young men grow up they can’t be leaders within this group, please!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:00pm
  94. Right on Keri Sanders.
    BSA is essentially saying “It’s OK to be a gay child/teenage scout, but god forbid you become a–much needed– gay adult scout and be able to serve as present and positive role mode for young gay scouts”. Ridiculous double standard!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:00pm
  95. Once those scouts grow up they can’t be scout leaders though. Once you’re grown you are considered a pedophile.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:12pm
  96. Indeed!! About time!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:19pm
  97. hum we will see how llong this lasts the don’t have a good track record that they need star teaching the boys who have fucked up ieads about gay people a few things

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:22pm
  98. That’s great! However, I am SO annoyed over that (unfit) father pulling his kids out of the Scouts and signing em up for that homophobic alternative!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:23pm
  99. If only they knew way back when lol

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:30pm
  100. “Morally straight” does not have the same meaning as “gender straight.” Sounds like some people believe that. All people, no matter what religious or sexual identity, can be morally straight. The sooner these people realize this, the better off they will be.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:30pm