“The Boys Scouts of America, as one of the nation’s largest youth organisations, has taken an important step toward eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ people. Gay and bisexual men are fathers, uncles, brothers, faith leaders, educators, and counsellors. Denying a well qualified, competent, and highly skilled scout leader the opportunity to teach survival skills, facilitate capacity training, and encourage civic engagement, is unfair and wrong.
“We welcome the Boy Scouts of America’s announcement, but it is clear that there is still work to be done to ensure that all boys and men are able to join the Boy Scouts of America and serve in all levels of leadership within the organisation. We also look forward to the day when the Boy Scouts will clarify its policy on allowing transgender boys and men to participate as scouts and scout leaders—as well as lift its ban on atheists,” said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director.