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STATEMENT: Boy Scouts Decision Continues Discrimination; Long Island Gay Group Calls for End to Funding and Public Accommodations

In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA’s) vote today to allow gay youth to become members while continuing its ban on gay adults, Dr. David Kilmnick, CEO of Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), one of the nation’s largest organizations serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) young people, released the following statement


May 23, 2013, Garden City, NY  - In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA’s) vote today to allow gay youth to become members while continuing its ban on gay adults, Dr. David Kilmnick, CEO of Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), one of the nation’s largest organizations serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) young people, released the following statement:

“While many might consider today’s vote to be a step forward, the Boy Scouts of America has done nothing more than continue its policy of discriminating against GLBT people.  This decision demonstrates just how out-of-step the BSA’s values are with the majority of Americans.

The BSA is telling gay youth that they can earn the organization’s highest achievement, Eagle Scout, at age 16, and then be kicked out the door two years later simply for being gay.  For GLBT young people who are already disproportionately affected by suicide, drug and alcohol use and school drop-out, the BSA is sending a clear message that they are second-class citizens and less worthy than their peers. 

Make no mistake, today’s decision by the BSA is no victory, it is flat out discrimination. The time has come to cease institutional funding and public accommodations for the BSA and its affiliates.  By continuing to fund the Boy Scouts and allow them to use our public schools as meeting places, institutions and school districts are using tax dollars to promote and support discrimination against the gay community.” 

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About Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY)

Founded in 1993, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest organizations solely dedicated to serving the needs of GLBT youth, their families and their support systems. LIGALY operates two community centers on Long Island, The Center at Bay Shore and The Center at Garden City, and will be opening its third center in Sag Harbor in July 2013. LIGALY’s services and programs work to build youth leadership, stop bullying, end HIV/AIDS, and prevent suicide. 

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