EQCA
Equality California
Equality California Issues Statement on Boys Scouts of America’s Proposal to Lift Gay Scout Ban for Youth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2013


CONTACT: Steve Roth, OutThink Partners
PHONE: 323-936-1831 EMAIL: steve@outthinkpartners.com

Equality California Issues Statement on Boys Scouts of America’s Proposal to Lift Gay Scout Ban for Youth

(Sacramento) Today the Boy Scouts of America announced a proposal to lift its ban on gay youth, while continuing to hold its ban on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adult leaders. The decision will still need to be ratified by a vote of BSA’s National Council.

In response, Equality California Executive Director John O'Connor issued the following statement:

"As we are for full equality and nothing less, the proposed Boy Scout policy change is alarmingly inadequate. Equality California is sponsoring Sen. Ricardo Lara's Youth Equality Act, which eliminates special tax exemptions for any youth organization in California that discriminates — not just the BSA — now or in the future, against adults as well as youth in those organizations. This bill remains relevant regardless of what the Boy Scouts decide.”

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org 

youth equality act

###