The Girl Scouts are leaving their male counterparts in the dust with regard to progressive, inclusive policies! The organization’s PR team got right on the wire last year when word got out that a transgender little girl was denied membership, touting tolerance for girls of all stripes. But crafting transgender policy for kids is looking like a long way away for the Boy Scouts considering that the organization officially just reaffirmed their “no gays allowed” clubhouse sign.
ABC news reports that after a two-year review, Boy Scouts of America is sticking to excluding gay members, adults and children. The organization’s national spokesman, Deron Smith, says that the decision was unanimous between professional Scout executives and adult volunteers. Bob Mazzuca, a Boy Scout executive, maintains that this kind of intolerance is exactly what Boy Scouts members want:
“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” Mazzuca said. “We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”
One policy may not “accommodate” a slew of views regarding same-sex relationships, but there’s only one view that upholds respect for them — and that is acceptance. No one is asking that the Boy Scouts of America assemble a Pride float or start wearing rainbow wrist bands, although I don’t think I’m alone in stating how awesome that image is. I share the sentiments of Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, who says that moves like that of the Boy Scouts echo only one idea loud and clear:
“With the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued,” he said. “They’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance.”
Don’t forget that a policy like this not only impacts queer children, but many a straight child as well by ensuring them that LGBTQ people are not entitled to partake in the same Boy Scout credos as the rest of them. And infecting children of any ilk with that kind of nonsense really does ensure that everyone loses.