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  •  Haha yep! Eagle Scout, (6+ / 0-)

    Senior Patrol Leader, Vigil Honor Member and Lodge Chief in the Order of the Arrow, later Assistant Scoutmaster. And then...it was all over, when I decided to stop living a lie.

    Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

    by Chrislove on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:35:32 PM PST

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    •  Did you ever out yourself to them? (4+ / 0-)

      If so, how would that work. Would they retroactively strip you of title and honors? Sort of like excommunication by badge burning?

      •  No, at the time I was (6+ / 0-)

        gradually coming out, and the idea of outing myself to an entire organization terrified me. I resigned from my positions effective immediately...and I think I cited the need to focus on college, or something like that. But I do have several people from Scouting on my FB page, and by now I'm very out, so I'm sure they've figured it out. I eventually stopped hearing from people.

        If I had outed myself to them, I think the only thing they would have done is kicked me out. And I think it is possible that they would have stripped me of my Eagle Scout award...I've heard reports of that happening, although I'm not sure of how common it is. I would have definitely been kicked out of the organization, though. My membership in the O/A is technically permanent and cannot be revoked, but without being an active Scout or Scouter, it would essentially be meaningless.

        Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

        by Chrislove on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:50:12 PM PST

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        •  I'm stunned (5+ / 0-)

          that they stopped contacting you. Not.

          You know what I would like to see. I would like to see this corporations and other entities that have stopped giving to Boy Scouts band together and create a national alternative to Boy Scouts. Based on the same idea and model, just more inclusive. If successful, the Boy Scouts would become a bible camp pretty damned quickly.

          •  I would definitely like to see a viable (6+ / 0-)

            alternative to Boy Scouts. There are alternatives, but they're scattered here and there, and they have no name recognition. Scouting is an incredible experience. Even though I had to leave the organization and it makes me angry, to this day some (heck, most) of my best memories are from summer camp and the National Scout Jamboree and other Scouting events. I'd love for my boys, if I ever have any, to have that kind of an experience (if the outdoors is their thing). A national alternative would be great. Because, having met the Chief Scout Executive himself and seen how invested he and other national leaders are in keeping the policy (he brought it up in a speech delivered in my council), I'm convinced they're not changing anytime soon.

            Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

            by Chrislove on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:06:43 PM PST

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