Skip to main content

Eagle Scout Zach Wahls founded Scouts for Equality organization to pressure
the Boy Scouts of America to change their policy.
This is how you make social change!

In response to pressure from LGBT advocates, including Zach Wahls and GLAAD, Intel Corporation has announced they will no longer be supporting the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) over disagreement with its discriminatory policy that excludes gay and lesbian members and leaders. This statement was released to Think Progress, and attributed to Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer, Rosalind Hudnell:

Intel and the Intel Foundation give millions of dollars annually to great organizations doing valuable service around the globe. Intel has not provided funding to the National Boy Scouts of America organization.  The $700,000 in funding from the Intel Foundation was donated to local Boy Scout troops or councils where our employees volunteer their time, through our volunteer matching grants program.

In an effort to recognize our employees commitment to the communities we call home, Intel expanded its volunteer matching grants program in 2009.  Through it, Intel matches the amount of time employees’ volunteer with non-profits with dollars from the Intel Foundation. Due to significant growth in the number of organizations funded, earlier this year we revisited our policies associated with the program, and applied new rigor that requires any organization to confirm that it adheres to Intel’s anti-discrimination policy in order to receive funding.

Intel is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and to supporting the communities in which we live and work.

Think Progress reports:
This year, for the first time, prospective recipients of Intel grants will have to sign a statement confirming that they do not discriminate based on creed or sexual orientation, and any groups that cannot do so will be ineligible for funding.
The response from Intel swift, coming in just a day after Wahls and advocates approached the company publicly. It appears the reexamining of the policy was in the works.

Intel Corporation was BSA's largest corporate benefactor, donating up to $700,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2010. This chart was created by Think Progress:

That's gonna leave a mark.

Bigger than the single financial hit, this announcement will provide pressure down the donation chain. Like Intel, they will be under pressure to be sure their corporate sponsorship comports with their own corporate culture. Many, perhaps most of those corporations have non-discrimination that put them at odds with the BSA.

It's also a pretty public black eye on the BSA, rather like when the president of the James Beard Foundation, Susan Ungaro, returned an award because she wished to express her disapproval.

It is fast becoming unfashionable to have discriminatory policies such as the Boy Scouts practice if they wish to stay relevant they will have to evolve.

Originally posted to Milk Men And Women on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays and LGBT Kos Community.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site