Frank Kameny, excerpt of the last major interview Kameny did before his death
Alice Dunbar-Nelson, poet/journalist, socail activist
[July 19, 1875 – September 18, 1935]
May Day, St. Petersburg, 2013
Photo: AFP/Olga Maltseva
Gay rights activists clasp hands as they march during a tradition May Day rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The poster reads, “We demand the abolition of the homophobic law!”
Photo: AP / Dmitry Lovetsky
‘Be Prepared’ for Disappointment
Progress* is demonstrated in efforts made by the Boy Scouts organization… however, some restrictions may still apply.
In a quiet press release early Friday [April 19, 2013], the Boy Scouts have proposed a resolution to allow gay youth to serve openly in their troops.
The Boy Scouts of America called to end a long-standing ban on openly gay members, a spokesman said on Friday, but the organization’s board must still vote in May on whether to ratify the resolution.
If the vote is approved, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”…
This language seems to indicate that gay adult members of the BSA will continue to be banned. The resolution itself clarifies, “WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America will maintain the current membership policy for all adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America.…
“My heart goes out to the young adults in Scouting who would be able to continue as scouts if this is passed, but then be thrown out when they reach the age to become leaders,” states Jennifer Tyrrell, who was ousted as her 7 year-old son’s den leader in 2012.—Reuters/Associated Press
Almost… but not good enough.
While gays are extended the ‘privilege’ to join and participate as youth, they are simultaneously branded as immoral.
Deemed unfit to serve as future leaders, what is the scout’s motivation to participate? At what age does an Eagle Scout become a perceived danger to younger scouts? What fearful influences might they wield?
This resolution illuminates the underlying institutionalized homophobia within the Boy Scouts of America. It illustrates a clear lack of trust, or understanding of the much-heralded principles and teachings that encourage members to become active community members and future leaders.
This confused and contradictory resolution stands to strengthen the dark institutionalized cloud of shame for gay youths. Already faced with considerable pressures, lgbqti/queer youth do not need this back-handed acceptance or ‘tolerance’ from an institution they wish to participate.
This resolution cannot be deemed ‘historic’ by any means.
Perhaps, the BSA will realize the error in not granting participation of LGBQTI/queer mentors. Hopefully a revised version will be proposed before the vote.
Be brave in your leadership, BSA!
Another ‘Day of Silence’ Passes Quietly…
Anti-gay legislation around the world continues to be drafted, passed and defeated. The degree of heinousness of the legislation varies — from Russia, Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, France to Malaysia, the United States. However, all seek to silence, terrorize and sanction violence against a queer [LGBQTI] minority.
My previous comments on this National Day of Silence holds true:
SILENCE = DEATH
We do not need another Day of Silence.
We need dialog.
We need action.
We need equality.
In the melee over ‘gay marriage’ I hope people understand there are more pressing issues at hand.
Federal legislation is needed to end workplace discrimination, protection against the denial of services/healthcare, bullying, violence and murder…
It’s time we HUSH the villans that deny our human rights, HUSH the fervor of fanatics that breeds fear and violence.
Silence the fear, shame and hatred. Not ourselves.
We know that politics requires compromise, but there can be no compromise when it comes to equality.Cleve Jones