It is hard saying no to the cute little guys selling gross popcorn but I just have to because I don’t support this organization. Why?
Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), an organization dedicated to the support of families, deplores the Boy Scouts of America’s practice of excluding gay youth, leaders and volunteers from its program and services. We condemn any policy that would not allow gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals to fully participate at all levels in any activity within scouting.
PFLAG asserts that one’s sexual orientation and gender identity are separate from one’s moral values and actions. The negative stereotypes and attitudes engendered by the Boy Scouts of America’s exclusionary practice are detrimental to all youth and society as a whole, causing further alienation and lowered self esteem among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) youth. The injury caused by this discrimination and these attitudes violates the tradition of the Boy Scout’s values of honesty, friendliness, kindness and fair play.
PFLAG calls upon Boy Scouts of America to end its discrimination and to adopt non-discrimination policies which include GLBT youth, volunteers, and leaders.
We condemn the use of public funds by private groups that discriminate and call upon public facilities to cease their support of Boy Scouts of America until such non-discrimination policies are adopted.
(Adopted by the PFLAG Board of Directors on July 17, 2000 with revisions approved on October 6, 2001.)