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The BOY SCOUTS Lead The Way In Several Pride Parades!

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This is just fantastic!

All over the country, people took part in the gay pride parades this past Sunday, and in some places, they did something very special.

In both New York City and Seattle (above), the parades were led by the Boy Scouts of America!

New York saw scouts of all ages, from young adults to 78-year-old David Knapp, who was at the parade with his boyfriend, proudly holding a sign that read, “Boy Scout leader kicked out for being gay.”

Greg Bourke, a 56-year-old father who was ousted from his role as troop leader, said:

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Boy Scouts Will FINALLY Start Accepting Openly Gay Scouts In 2014!

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It's about time!!

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America FINALLY lifted their ban on accepting openly gay members, and it officially goes into effect on January 1st, 2014. AKA, tomorrow!!

The highly anticipated move has been met with some resistance from a few churches, but BSA national executive board member Brad Haddock is confident they'll be able to find support elsewhere:

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Carly Rae Jepsen-less Boy Scout Jamboree Gets 3 Doors Down To Perform Despite LGBT Inequities!

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The Boy Scouts of America made a lot of progress this past year, but, frankly, the group still hasn't done enough!

Carly Rae Jepsen and Train were so displeased with the organization's continued intolerance that she dropped out of the BSA's National Jamboree months ago, refusing to perform for them until total equality was reached.

Apparently, though, not every musician is as concerned with equal rights and the fate of the LGBT community.

3 Doors Down signed on to headline tomorrow's concert, regardless of the fact that the policy change on permitting gay troop members isn't going through until January and openly gay troop leaders continue to remain barred from volunteering for the foreseeable future.

The bands rep isn;t commenting, but we want to know why the Here Without You singers performs for a group that condones sexual orientation-based discrimination!? !

The Boy Scouts do good within many different communities, there is no denying that, but many of their policies are antiquated and exclusionary!!

We were proud of the way CRJ stood up for ALL of her fans earlier this year when the Call Me Maybe singer tweeted:

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Openly Gay Boy Scout Unsure How He Feels About Group's New Policy

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After the Boy Scouts of American unveiled their momentous decision yesterday to allow openly gay boys in their group- a lot of people were getting a little choked up.

One person who definitely was feeling some love was an openly gay scout from Maryland named Pascal Tessier.

It's been a long road for this top notch boy scout, but he can finally be gay and proud!

Here's what he said:

"I was thinking that today could be my last day as a Boy Scout. Obviously, for gay Scouts like me, this vote is life-changing."

Yet Pascal also feels uneasy about the change in the rules of the game.

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Boy Scouts Lift Ban On Openly Gay Members, No Such Luck For Scout Leaders!

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It's about time!!

After months of endless debate, the Boy Scouts of America finally voted to allow openly gay scouts to join their ranks!!

Over 60% of the 1,400 person polled think the youth organization should allow all qualified members, regardless of sexual orientation!!

Even though the a large percentage of the organization is run by those affiliated with Mormon and Catholic churches who are, sadly, sometimes unhip to LGBT tolerance, the measure was still able to pass!

The first hard fought battle was won, but plenty of work remains!!

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L.A. Boy Scout Leaders Are Discussing Allowing Gay Leaders And Scouts!

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Hopefully this happens!

Because seriously it's about time!

The word on the street is that the Boy Scouts of America should be going through with allowing gay members any day now.

But they won't be letting in gay leaders, which is NOT cool!

Fortunately, it sounds like some members of the organization are starting to see the light. In fact, one of the major councils in Southern California are proposing allowing gay scouts AND leaders!

Here's what the president of the LA council said:

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Boy Scouts Ending Ban On Gays!! But ONLY For Youth Members!!!

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It looks like all the disenfranchised scouts out there will finally get some resolution- specifically, one that finally makes the Boy Scouts of America open to gay members!

After three months of rigorous research and debate, the Scouts announced today that they are pushing forward a resolution banning discrimination for sexuality!

According to spokesman Deron Smith, the new rule states:

"No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."

Yay! Progress!

But what took them so long?? Author and Boy Scouts historian Patrick Boyle said:

"This is a historic change for the Boy Scouts.

You have a more than hundred-year-old organization changing what it considered a fundamental belief just a decade ago. That says a lot about the Scouts and a lot about how far the gay rights movement has come in the United States."

The scouts aren't out of the woods yet, so to speak. They still have to vote to ratify the resolution in May.

Then they'll finally get their merit badge in tolerance!

UPDATE:

It seems the Boy Scouts have had to clarify their position since this morning's announcement.

We were so happy with their big step into the new millennium, we failed to notice that the new policy is only for YOUTH members- meaning the BSA still won't be allowing gay scout leaders or other openly homosexual adults, including parents, into their organization.

Rich Ferraro, Vice President of Communications at GLAAD, says:

"By refusing to consider an end to its ban on gay and lesbian parents, the Boy Scouts have missed an opportunity to exercise leadership and usher the organization back to relevancy."

Though this is a very big change in the Scouts' policy, we have to agree. It seems the Boy Scouts of America just aren't prepared to step completely into the future.

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