by Megan Townsend - Entertainment Media Fellow, GLAAD
This week's episode of NBC's GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedy "The New Normal" saw former Eagle Scout David (Justin Bartha) and his fiancée Bryan (Andrew Rannells) taking on the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.
"These documents show that a policy of discrimination is not just out of touch with the rest of America, it is out of touch with its own members, too," said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and executive director of Scouts for Equality.
If both the Black Church and Boy Scouts' goals are to continue to nurture the talents and gifts of all its young males, then they must ask themselves to what degree does their stance on homophobia hinders their goal?
A straight former Boy Scout is urging the California Legislature to pass SB 323, ending tax breaks for youth groups that discriminate against members based on their sexual orientation, including the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
by Drew Courtney - Director of Communications, People For the American Way
Regardless of its history of discrimination, it turns out that Scouting has equipped a growing cadre of gay men with the integrity to stand up for equality, and equipped our straight brothers with the loyalty to take a vocal role in the fight.