Wednesday, February 6, 2013

PFLAG National Statement: Boy Scouts of America Delay Decision On National Policy Change on Inclusiveness



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2013
Liz Owen | lowen@pflag.org | (323) 404 - 3185


Boy Scouts of America Delay Decision On National Policy Change on Inclusiveness

WASHINGTON – PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization for families, friends and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people– has issued from its Executive Director, Jody Huckaby, the following statement today regarding the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to delay their decision on changing their national policy on allowing gay members and scout leaders:

“To delay today’s decision leaves in place a scouting policy that sends the wrong message that discrimination is acceptable anywhere in our country. We invite national scout leaders to use this time to meet with PFLAG parents and their LGBT loved ones, who can speak both to the simplicity of the need for inclusiveness as well as the simultaneous complexity of the issue.

Ultimately, we know that the tides in this country are overwhelmingly shifting towards full equality, and that the BSA leadership will see in these young people and leaders, if they do not know them already, all of the same values and traits that every scout must embody: trustworthiness, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courteousness, kindness, obedience, cheerfulness, thriftiness, bravery, cleanliness, and reverence. We believe this level of education by BSA leadership will result in agreement with PFLAG that all kids have access and opportunity to the Boy Scout experience.

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Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and straight ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with LGBT people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and acceptance through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th year, PFLAG has more than 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states. To learn more, please visit www.pflag.org. 

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