|I actually took this image from a conservative blog freaking about gay scouts. I think it's fabulous, don't you?|
To Whom It May Concern,
The Boy Scouts of America are an institution of our country that teaches boys valuable lessons they can hold on throughout life. More importantly than how to build a fire or tie a knot are the friendships and social network created by each troop. By limiting such a valuable resource to gay, bisexual and transgender boys (who arguably need it most), you are telling them they are not valuable members of our country, that a fundamental part of who they are makes it impossible for them to be good citizens. That couldn't be further from the truth. The LGBT community is a closely knit network who helps each other and supports one another because often our families and colleagues have spurned us. We are the very model of a supportive community. It is only a matter of time before discriminating against LGBT citizens will be as unthinkable as discriminating against someone because of their race. Do you really want your organization to go down on the wrong side of history? Do you want to be one of the contributing factors that leads to a disproportionate amount of suicides among LGBT youth? Do you want to tell the other boys who are allowed to join your organization that it's acceptable to hate someone because of who they are or who they love? I sincerely hope not. It is because of your discriminatory stance against gay, bisexual, transgender, and atheist boys that I have refused to support the Boy Scouts of America for years. By contrast, I have been a fierce supporter of the Girl Scouts because of their inclusive policies and uplifting work for all girls. Thank goodness they are a completely separate organization from yours that seem to understand the mindset of the 21st century. Take the first step in ensuring that you will help all boys become outstanding citizens who grow up to be honest, well-adjusted men: Lift the ban against Gay Scouts!