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Boy Scout Leader Forced Out Because He's Gay Fights Back: VIDEO

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Greg Bourke was forced to resign as a Boy Scout Leader in August after evealing to the Kentucky based Boy Scout Council that he is gay. He's now petitioning to be reinstated, WHAS reports:

"I would like to see the Lincoln heritage Council of Louisville Kentucky do the same thing. It would be a very brave thing to do, A scout is supposed to be brave. So I would challenge them to do that," said Bourke.
 
Already he has 2,500 signatures and from parents, community leaders and scouts...

Watch Bourke speak to WHAS, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes Bourke in his petition:

In August 2012, the Lincoln Heritage Council and Boy Scouts of America forced me (Greg Bourke) to resign my position as Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 325 in Louisville, KY. Despite five years of dedicated service to my troop, district, council and the BSA, it was determined that I had to go because I admitted that I was gay and as a result LHC said I "did not meet its membership requirements."

I received unanimous support from my Troop, Troop Committee, Church, Scouts, Scout Leaders and Scout Parents. The local newspaper published both a news article and an editorial showcasing the discrimination I suffered at the hands of the Lincoln Heritage Council and the BSA. Last week, I received a special "Legislative Citation" from the State of Kentucky House of Representatives honoring me and my dedication to Scouting and service to my community.

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  1. That is not fighting back. Petitions and signatures had been done before. If you can`t fight with lawsuits, then learn to use semi-autos and stock up on ammunition.

    If you`re gay, you`re out. No need to beg. My dog has more dignity than that.

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Sep 18, 2012 11:40:50 AM


  2. Another sweet gay guy who's not only overwhelmingly justified in his efforts to be treated properly but a fresh example of the simple decency of most gay people. Love to Greg.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 18, 2012 11:42:29 AM


  3. Another sweet gay guy who's not only overwhelmingly justified in his efforts to be treated properly but a fresh example of the simple decency of most gay people. Love to Greg.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 18, 2012 11:42:33 AM


  4. Dear gays, like the Mormon church, the Boy Scouts are just not that into you. There are so many other organizations that will accept gay people as leaders and will allow you to work with and inspire kids who need an adult with moral values in their lives.

    Posted by: Kieran | Sep 18, 2012 12:07:20 PM


  5. With the scandal about hiding pedophiles in their midst, the BSA and the public probably will not thrill to this effort, and the timing probably could not be worse.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 18, 2012 12:17:59 PM


  6. Go back to Malasia Ho, this is the way we fight in America. We are all quite familiar with how well guns and ammunition work in the Muslim world. Allah...ak ak...ak ak ak. With dignity of course.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 18, 2012 12:19:12 PM


  7. What everyone forgets is that Boy Scouts is a Mormon organization, so of course its not shocking that they hate gays and lesbians.

    Posted by: KuMiCu | Sep 18, 2012 12:53:13 PM


  8. "With the scandal about hiding pedophiles in their midst, the BSA and the public probably will not thrill to this effort, and the timing probably could not be worse."

    That's exactly what I was thinking.

    Posted by: edwin | Sep 18, 2012 1:12:01 PM


  9. @Anonand Edwin: I'm with both of you about the bad timing. The uneducated and more homophobic masses are easily confused about sexuality issues. They never seem to notice that it is the anti-gay leaders of organizations/churches with homophobic policies that always end up as the perpetrators in child-abuse scandals. Then they scapegoat and double-down on efforts to get rid of openly-and-honestly gay people who have NOTHING to do with any of it.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 18, 2012 3:15:51 PM


  10. This is so sad. Another opportunity lost for children to realise that gay people are just people and that homophobia affects real, living individuals.

    Also sad to see racism going unchecked in the comments... "hiw guns work in the Muslim world... Allah ak ak ak"? Really? And this from someone who'd just commented about the 'decency' of so many gay men. For shame. We will never win a fight against discrimination unless we fight it in all its forms.

    Posted by: Finisterre | Sep 18, 2012 3:52:32 PM


  11. The clock is ticking for the BSA. They are increasingly isolated and out of step with other major American youth organizations and other Scouting bodies in our Western peer nations who do not discriminate.

    Now that DADT is gone in the US military, the BSA stands alone. Only the unyielding anti-gay positions of their conservative religious sponsoring bodies (most notably mormons and catholics) keeps this outdated discrimination in place.

    Several things can eventually happen--a future SCOTUS decision could overturn Dale (which went against SCOTUS' own precedent), LGBT supporters in congress can challenge BSA's congressional charter, or a future President of the USA may decline to become honorary president of the BSA.

    But BSA leadership knows that time is against them--they are just powerless to do anything right now with their conservative religious sponsors squeezing their balls.

    Posted by: homogenius | Sep 18, 2012 4:25:07 PM


  12. What needs to happen is this. Let every troop withhold their support of the BSA. Demand to the head office, that things change. Someone start a new group named Young Scouts of America and take all the children and move them to a new group. Just like the BSA but with a more evolved view of what is right. Let them know that the members of this organization do not agree with the policies.

    Posted by: JaysonJ | Sep 18, 2012 4:25:20 PM


  13. @JAYSONJ

    The problem is that the BSA's congressional charter grants them a monopoly on the name "Scouting" for boys in the US and the International Scouting grants them exclusive rights to operate in the USA. Girl Scouts can't start admitting boys, nor can an inclusive Scouting body from another country open chapters in the US.

    Posted by: homogenius | Sep 18, 2012 4:28:31 PM


  14. I would urge Greg to look into an existing chapter or starting a new chapter of Navigators USA. They are a Scouting organization that does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or religious affiliation (or non affiliation). Navigatorsusa.org

    Posted by: Laura | Sep 18, 2012 4:32:02 PM


  15. If every gay Boy Scout leader was forced out, their entire program would come to an end. Does anyone think that straight men would dress up in those childish uniforms and go hiking in the woods? "Come on boys, lets look for some wild mushrooms". No straight guy would be caught dead messing around with all those silly merit badges etc. I remember that as a row house kid growing up in an old industrial town outside Phila, boy scouts were considered nerds or dorks. Just sayin.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2012 2:21:01 AM


  16. Is Towleroad so money hungry that they have to post anti-Obama ads on this site with homosexual tendencies? Shame on you Andy Towle.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2012 4:17:31 AM


  17. The Boy Scouts cannot differentiate between hidden pedophiles and openly gay people. There is a BIG difference. As long as the Boy Scouts (which is NOT a "Mormon" organization. My Lutheran husband spent many years in Boy Scouts.) can't figure out the difference, the problem will continue.

    Homosexual does not equal pedophile. Pedophiles are pedophiles.

    Posted by: Amo | Sep 19, 2012 12:07:22 PM


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