Well this is quite interesting! Caterpillar isn’t exactly the first thing that pops in your head when thinking about companies who support equality.
Nonetheless Caterpillar spokesperson Rachel Potts said they have decided to cut off funding after reviewing a $25,000 request from a local Illinois Scouting Troop because of their “discriminatory” policy barring gay adults from the organisation.
“We have inclusive policies here at Caterpillar Inc., and the foundation abides by those,” said Potts. “We just don’t feel that our two organizations align.”
A first in a series of videos about why a piecemeal approach is not enough and full inclusion is necessary, Zach Wahls, Co-Founder of Scouts for Equality, describes his scouting experience with his mother.
Joining UPS, Intel, and other large companies, The Merck Foundation has halted it’s funding to the Boy Scouts of America for their anti-gay policies. However Merck says they will consider funding the organization when they stop with their anti-gay ways. Here’s the letter Brian Grill of the Merck Foundation sent:
The Merck Foundation believes that it is critical to honor and support a foundational policy of diversity and inclusion in all funding decisions. Recently, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual orientation.
Two days ago, the Boy Scouts of America responded to a petition with over 275,000 signatures calling for a change to their policy prohibiting LGBT scouts and scout leaders saying they will reconsider the anti-gay discrimination policy. While it might not sound like much, this is a big step for the BSA. Think Progress has an exclusive interview with Zach Wahls about what the decision to reconsider means.
Watch the interview after the jump.
The Advocate.com is reporting that the Boy Scouts of America have accepted a petition that asks the organization to allow gay and lesbians to be Scout leaders. Presented to the BSA leadership by Zach Wahls, author of My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family, and an Eagle Scout, the Change.org’s online petition of 275,000 signatures is intended to prod the 102 year old organization into rescinding it’s current policy, banning participation as Scout leaders by lesbians and gays.
Instigated when an Ohio Den mother was dismissed from the Scouts when the organization discovered she was a lesbian, Wahls took the petition to the BSA headquarters and spoke to members of the national leadership.
A BSA spokesman accepted the petition, and said they were already considering a resolution submitted by a Scout Leader in April. A committee will now consider the proposal. The spokesman said that the BSA has considered such resolutions in the past, as long ago as 2000. Even if a decision to adopt a non-discriminatory policy was made immediately, it would be 2013 before it came into effect.
Let’s hope the BSA joins most other Scouting organizations around the world, and relegates homophobia and bigotry to history. It would be a shame for the Boy Scouts to be one of the last organizations for American youth to hold onto the discrimination of the past. They should join the Girl Scouts in welcoming all who wish to lead, regardless of sexual orientation.
Perhaps then we can work on their ban on atheists, too.
At only 20 years old, Zach Wahls is already racking up a very impressive list of accomplishments: Author, YouTube star, great public speaker, and all-around great human being just trying to make the world a better place. In continuing his quest for LGBT equality, Zach did an interview with Jon Stewart to talk about his new book and new project Out To Dinner.
Out To Dinner encourages straight allies to host a dinner at their place and invite LGBT couples and straight couples to sit down and have dinner together while leaving religion and politics at the door.
Watch the video for Out To Dinner after the jump…