Thursday, December 16, 2010
"On my honor, I will do my best..."
On Tuesday, I sat among a group of Board members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA (CHCYMCA), where we met with a leader of the Boy Scouts troop and another Scout, both members of a Troop who use CHCYMCA space at our Meadowmont connection. Gentle, kind folks. Nice people. But they were adamant: they could and would not accept a gay youth or gay Scout leader...at least one that was out.
Sitting there was an out-lesbian mom with a son, who is an administrator of the CHCYMCA. Even though the Scouts DO accept mothers/women as leaders, they would not accept her as a leader because she is an out-lesbian.
This is, in part, what will be unraveled once DADT is repealed. The Boy Scouts of America, much like the U.S. military service, lives in a world in which if you don't ask, and you don't tell, then you can be a closeted gay Scout member or leader.
I asked: "Even with all these gay youth committing suicide, you wouldn't accept them?" No, was the reply.
Let the great unraveling begin.