The Boy Scouts of America today voted to lift the ban on gay scouts, but left in place the ban on gay adult leaders. After years of losing corporate and government support for their discriminatory policies, not to mention the support of an ever increasing percentage of the general population, the Scouts took a half-step out of the increasingly unpopular past of anti-gay bias.
It remains to be seen if large corporate donors will return as long as the ban on adult leaders remains in place, or if some will return to the Scouting fold.
It’s a half-step forward, but it leaves the organization in the odd position of telling young men that it’s OK to be a gay scout, but they’re unsuited to be an adult leader. The intransigent old guard of the BSA national organization still has a long way to go, and I bet it will be their accountants that will eventually convince them that to survive in the 21at century, they must leave their bias and homophobia and ignorance behind. We’ll wait and see how long it takes them to figure this all out.
The BSA announcement after the jump.
J.J. Abrams has been getting some heat for some blatant sexism in Star Trek: Into Darkness, and in response to that criticism he released a scene of Benedict Cumberbatch showering in an interview with Conan O’Brian. If you’re a fan of the Cumberbatch, you’ll want to check out the video after the jump!
Today the Boy Scouts of America are expected to vote on allowing gay scouts, while still banning gay scout leaders. This afternoon 1400 voting members of the National Council will decided if the Boy Scouts of America will take their marginal step in the direction of equality.
One chapter however, the Connecticut Yankee Council, has decided they won’t wait for the vote and have defected from the BSA organisation. The following statement was posted on their website over the weekend.
Today is Harvey Milk Day, and a day for hope. It’s always good to revisit his speech.
Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt has just experienced a grave injustice due to a technicality in the law. At the start of the school year, Kaitlyn Hunt was 17 years-old, and dating a girl three years younger than her, which is not all too uncommon in high schools these days.
The trouble comes shortly after Kaitlyn Hunt’s 18th birthday, when, her girlfriend’s parent’s had Hunt arrested for “sexual battery on a person 12-16 years old.” The girlfriend was 15 years-old at the time.
Photo of Pam MacKinnon by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
This past Sunday, New York celebrated the best of its entire theatre community with the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards. Nominated and chosen by the men and women of the press who cover New York’s theatre scene, these are the only major awards to recognize Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway shows in the same categories.
I was fortunate enough to be a guest at the ceremony. Although Tom Hanks might have had the most memorable moment of the night when he spontaneously offered to take over hosting duties (for a small fee), this night was definitely one for the ladies. The awards were a feminist triumph and a source of pride for the theatre community. Continue reading
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The Williams Institute has just released a study with some very interesting numbers. With New York and San Francisco being the Gay Meccas of the United States, one might assume they have the most same-sex couples raising children. However, you’d be wrong. As it turns out, the Mormon stronghold that is Salt Lake City, Utah comes in first, with 26% of same-sex couples raising kids, and homo-hating Virginia comes in a close second with 24%!