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Equality California Statement on Boy Scouts President’s Call to End Ban on LGBT Leaders
May 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2015

CONTACT: Jason Howe, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (415) 595-9245/EMAIL: jason@eqca.org

Los Angeles – Today, in response to a call by Boy Scouts of America President Robert M. Gates for the organization to end its ban on LGBT adult scout leaders, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:

“It’s better to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern era than never enter it at all. Mr. Gates today recognized a simple truth: that BSA’s discriminatory ban on gay men as scout leaders is out of step with public opinion and unlikely to withstand further legal challenges. LGBT people have always been a part of scouting, both as scouts and as adult leaders, whether they’ve been open about it or not.

While it would have been more satisfying to hear a call for change for the right reasons, that it’s discriminatory and goes against scouting’s stated values of equality for all, we’re pleased that the organization’s leaders see how out of step they’ve become with the rest of the country.”

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Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org


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