9th January 2013
Update: Gay teenager denied Eagle Scout award, as he doesn’t adhere to ‘duty of God’ 33
1:24 AM — Gay teenager, Ryan Andresen, has been denied the highest Boy Scouts honour, the Eagle Scout badge, by the national Boy Scouts of America organisation, despite a recommendation for approval from a review board at his local council, and a 460,000 strong petition in his favour.
8th January 2013
US: Gay teenager allowed to continue as a Boy Scout following 460,000 strong petition 12
5:31 PM — A Boy Scout Council in California has approved a gay Scout’s Eagle application to be allowed to continue as a boy scout after coming out as gay, following a petition of more than 460,000 signatures, started by his mother.
28th December 2012
Poll: 52% of Americans say Boy Scouts should not allow openly gay Scout leaders 19
11:56 AM — A majority of Americans say the Boy Scouts of America should not allow openly gay Scout leaders, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this month.
20th December 2012
US: Court rules that Boy Scouts can lease public land despite banning gay members and leaders 4
11:02 PM — A US appeals court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America can lease public land from the City of San Diego despite them banning gay people from being members or leaders.
10th December 2012
US: Merck Foundation ceases funding for Boy Scouts of America 14
10:30 PM — The charitable arm of a pharmaceutical and health company has ceased donations to the Boy Scouts of America due to its anti-gay policy for volunteers, members, and staff.
3rd December 2012
US: California honours teenager kicked out of Boy Scouts for being gay 16
10:57 PM — The California Boy Scout who was refused the prestigious Eagle Scout Badge for being gay, was to be honoured by the California state Assembly this afternoon.
17th November 2012
US: Synagogues terminate relationship with Boy Scouts of America over homophobic policies 43
12:46 PM — Synagogues and other Jewish organisations across the United States are terminating their relationships with the Boy Scouts of America over its policy of discriminating against gay members and leaders.
12th November 2012
US: UPS cuts funding for Boy Scouts of America over anti-gay policy 27
11:05 PM — UPS, a long time corporate sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America has stopped funding the organisation because of its policy which does not allow gay scouts leaders.
22nd September 2012
Intel ends funding of Boy Scouts troops that discriminate against gay members and leaders 17
11:35 AM — Intel, one of the largest corporate donors of the Boy Scouts of America has confirmed that it will drop all funding to troops that apply the organisation’s discriminatory polices towards LGBT children and leaders.
5th September 2012
9-year-old Boy Scout quits, says he doesn’t like unfairness of anti-gay rule 32
8:04 PM — A nine-year-old Cub Scout has quit over the Boy Scouts of America's policy which does not allow any gay member, volunteer or staff member.
2nd September 2012
Eagle Scouts return their medals in protest against Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy 7
7:41 PM — Many Eagle Scouts in the US have returned their medals to the Boy Scouts of America in protest to their anti-gay policy which does not allow any gay members, volunteers or staff.
14th August 2012
Thousands join campaign to oppose American Scouts’ anti-gay policy 14
1:02 PM — A campaign has begun on Change.org to urge California’s Golden Empire Council to reinstate 22-year-old Eagle Scout Tim Griffin and to reject the Boy Scouts of America’s policy barring LGBT scouts and leaders.
8th August 2012
Obama opposes Scouts anti-gay discrimination 8
11:37 PM — President Obama is opposed to the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members, volunteers and staff, his spokesman said today. He is the honorary president of the Scouts group.
7th August 2012
Mitt Romney ‘supports rights of gay Scout members’ 17
10:34 PM — US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is against many gay rights measures, but he does back the right of gay people to join the Scouts. In 1994, he said that while the Boy Scouts of American should be free to set its own policies, he agreed that it should allow gay people to be members, staff and volunteers.
25th July 2012
California scouts staff return badges over dismissal of gay Eagle Scout 17
11:07 PM — Ten scouts staff in northern California have returned their badges to protest the firing of an openly gay 22-year-old Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout, Tim Griffin, says his sexual orientation was not previously a problem.
18th July 2012
US: Dismissed lesbian den mother takes petition to Scouts 7
11:41 PM — A den mother dismissed by the Boy Scouts of America because she is a lesbian has taken a 300,000 signature petition to the organisation's headquarters.
17th July 2012
US: Boy Scouts will keep ban on gay people 32
11:10 PM — The Boy Scouts of America has announced it will retain its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff. Since 1991, it has stated that homosexuality is inconsistent with the Scout Oath.
1st May 2012
Boy Scouts of America official resigns in protest over expulsion of gay mother 14
2:44 PM — A regional official of the Boy Scouts of America has resigned in protest at the expulsion of a gay mother from her son's group for being a lesbian.
27th April 2012
Comment: Gay does not mean paedophile 35
11:02 AM — One of the ugliest lies our heternormative culture spreads is the idea that gay people threaten children, Paris Lees writes.
18th April 2012
Boy Scouts of America petitioned to change gay exclusion policy 24
11:42 AM — A gay mother in Ohio has started a petition calling on the Boy Scouts of America to reverse its stance on expelling gay youths and leaders from the organisation.