But ah, these little slaps in the face that remind us that some things are slower to change. Take the Boy Scouts for example. This week they denied a teen named Ryan Andersen from attaining Eagle Scout (a prestigious honor that only 3% of all Boy Scouts can ever attain since it’s so darn hard) even though he had completed EVERYTHING needed to attain that rank… because he had come out as GAY.
In fact, his Eagle Service project was a “Tolerance Wall” that denounced bullying. He built it at his old middle school. How sweet! How much concern for his other fellow humans!
But since he’s gay, he’s no longer welcomed at his troop.
Really people? Really? Are we still that afraid of gay people in 2012?
And you can’t blame the boy. He’d been a scout since he was a wee lad, so how the hell did he know that he was gay? He grew up with the scouts, they were family, surely they can see the person past the stereotype!
The thing is, the Scouts teach a lot of wonderful things: self-reliance, community service… bigotry?????
Change.org, you mean so much more to me now.