Walt Disney World is taking a stand!
A stand against the Boy Scouts of America!
The controversial group's refusal to end its ban on openly LGBT boy scout leaders kind of negates its decision to end the ban on openly gay youth.
After all, what are you teaching kids when you tell them to pour their heart and soul into something only until they're 18 years old, and then they're shunned by the organization that they'd loved so much? Doesn't make much sense to us.
And apparently Walt Disney World feels the same way because they are NOT going to keep going with their Ears to You program, which would match charitable donations to an organization that any of their employee's volunteered at. This used to include the Boy Scouts, but that is no longer the case!
Here's what the Central Florida Council’s board president wrote:
"We recognize that many Scout Units have received financial support over the last several years from this grant opportunity and are sad to see it go. The National BSA Council has reached out to WDW to try to resolve the situation, however, according to WDW, their views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support. We will continue to keep an open line of communication with them, but at this time, are unable to reverse their decision."
And although Scouts For Equality co-founder Zach Wahls is sad to see the Scouts lose money, in the end he thinks Disney made the right call. He said in a statement:
“We’re never happy to see Scouting suffer as a result of the BSA’s anti-gay policy, but Disney made the right decision to withhold support until Scouting is fully inclusive. Scouts for Equality will continue to advocate for a fully inclusive membership policy, to help build a stronger Scouting community that is eligible for the support of Corporate America.”
Disney has always been maintained no form of harassment or discrimination against people no matter what, so this move makes sense.
Our only question is what took them so long?!
[Image via Twitter.]
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