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STATEMENT: Boy Scouts Decision Shows Their Character: Cowards

In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA’s) decision today to continue banning gay youth and adults from its organization, 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


February 6, 2013, Garden City, NY  - In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA’s) decision today to continue banning gay youth and adults from its organization, 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:

“The Boy Scout Law requires scouts to be ‘brave,’ but the national leadership of the BSA did just the opposite today.  Rather than taking a brave stand against discrimination, the BSA has decided to make the cowardly move of putting off the vote on the policy until May.

It is long past time that the BSA joins with the majority of the country and takes a stand against anti-gay discrimination.  As one of the nation’s oldest and largest character-building youth organizations, the BSA has a responsibility to be inclusive of any boy who seeks to live up to the BSA’s principles. 

The BSA’s policy against gay members is not only outdated, but dangerous as well.  Gay youth already experience extremely high levels of isolation and discrimination in their schools and communities, leading to high rates of suicide, drug and alcohol use, and dropping out of school.  Every day that the BSA keeps this policy, they are continuing to contribute to this problem.

Additionally, we call on all who believe in equality and are against discrimination to speak out – this includes The United Way of Long Island who continues to fund the Boy Scouts and this discrimination in our own 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 center on Long Island, The Center at Bay Shore in Suffolk County, and The Center at Garden City in Nassau County. LIGALY’s innovative programs work to end homophobia and transphobia on Long Island, to provide a home and a safe space for GLBT youth, and to advocate for equality.

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