Girls rule and boys drool!
The Girl Scouts of the USA have supported people of all race, religion and sexuality since 1991 and are shaming the Boy Scouts of America for the organizations discrimination against open homosexuals.
The most recent story of Boy Scout bigotry comes from Kentucky where Greg Bourke, an Assistant Scoutmaster, got the boot from the organization after he revealed he was gay and had raised two children with his partner of thirty years.
Thank goodness for the big hearts and open minds of Girl Scout leaders though.
While he is no longer welcome to participate in BSA with his boy, he's still an active leader in the Girl Scouts with his daughter and the organization is going to bat for him.
In a letter condemning the BSA for their discrimination against Bourke, co-leader Kim Haydon reached out to the executive of the Boy Scouts’ Lincoln Heritage Council and wrote:
“[To] discount all that he has done for our youth only because he is gay is absurd. Shame on you and your small mindedness.”
Shame, shame is right!
Now Bourke is fighting back with a Change.org petition that urges the Lincoln Heritage Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy. In an effort to plea his case, the father of two writes:
"For the past five years, I've dedicated my time and energy to the Boy Scouts of America and to my community — and I've loved every minute of it. In return, the Boy Scouts of America has decided to fire me for being honest about who I am and for loving my partner of 30 years. I launched my petition with the hope of turning this hurtful situation into something positive… If enough of us speak out, I know the Lincoln Heritage Council will join the growing list of councils that have decided to reject the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policy."
If U are like us and think discrimination is WRONG, plain and simple, then take a moment to sign Bourke's petition so we can work toward sending a better message to America's youth!
Times are changing and the world is waiting for the Boy Scouts of America to catch up.
[Image via Greg Bourke.]
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