GLAAD has been the most vocal proponent of BSA’s policy change. GLAAD successfully convinced Carly Rae Jepson and Train to cancel their music performances at the National Scouts Jamboree, and Madonna made a splash at GLAAD’s NYC media awards last month when she dressed up as a Boy Scout to protest the policy.
While GLAAD’s campaign had some mixed reviews, at this point, lifting the ban on gay scouts is welcome news. What’s not so welcome? The ban on gay scout leaders. It’s as if BSA is proposing that gay and lesbian adults are bad role models, reinforcing old stereotypes that homosexuality is a “distraction” as opposed to a valid sexual orientation. If the Boy Scouts are to truly rear tough scouts, let’s give them good, diverse role models they can identify with and look up to, regardless of their sexualities.
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