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Eagle Scout Loses Summer Job with Boy Scouts After Being Outed on Facebook: VIDEO


Eagle Scout Garrett Bryant was fired from his job by the Boy Scouts after being outed on Facebook, NBC News reports:

Under Scouting policy, gay youth are welcome, but gay adults are not. As a 19-year-old college freshman, Bryant knew that his chance to work again at a Boy Scout camp this summer — and hold any other future leadership position — depended on how well he hid his status as a gay man from his friends and colleagues in Scouting.

But with one Facebook post, Bryant was out — out as a gay adult in Scouting and, according to three sources in local Scouting, out of that summer job.

He thought the post was vague enough: In a moment of exuberance last month over meeting his first boyfriend, Bryant changed his Facebook status to “in a relationship,” adding no comment or details. But the status change prompted revealing, congratulatory comments from non-Scouting friends who knew his sexual orientation, such as “Oh, good for you, man, what's his name?’”

Although Bryant deleted the comments it was over for him and camp leaders told him they would not hire him back to Camp Geronimo, outside of Phoenix, because they had seen the posts.

Bryant did everything he could to keep his sexual orientation private, and thought he wouldn't fall under the Scouts' discriminatory policy because of his age, but to no avail.

Bryant spoke with MSNBC's Ari Melber and Eagle Scout and LGBT ally Zach Wahls last night on The Last Word. His story was also covered by the Arizona Republic.

Watch both segments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I don't get why anyone still wants to be associated wit that fundamentalist cult.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 30, 2014 3:53:57 PM

  2. parents should steer far away from this bigoted organization and the potential damage to any children who join before they've discovered their orientation - it's not worth the risk, and there are alternatives not set on destroying the lives in the name of religianity.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 30, 2014 3:58:10 PM

  3. proof that you can be fired for being gay.

    Posted by: b | Apr 30, 2014 4:02:47 PM

  4. We know that Zach had no interest in men or boys, although he has made a career out of this. Keeps him close to the campfire,

    Posted by: Arrow | Apr 30, 2014 4:07:30 PM

  5. Sorry for the guy, but why would he think that, at the age of 19, the ban on adults in scouting wouldn't apply to him?

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 30, 2014 4:10:31 PM

  6. The outcome has done him a favor, though he obviously isn't going to realize that for a while. If he wanted to be involved with Scouting he still can. His role now is to pressure them to change. He'll help more people that way than he ever could have by staying closeted within the organization.

    Posted by: Rawn | Apr 30, 2014 4:12:26 PM


    Posted by: strepsi | Apr 30, 2014 4:41:20 PM

  8. Someone is likely to offer him a much better Summer job.

    Posted by: BigGuy | Apr 30, 2014 4:53:36 PM

  9. This is so revealing: "Bryant knew that his chance to work again at a Boy Scout camp this summer — and hold any other future leadership position — depended on how well he hid his status as a gay man from his friends and colleagues in Scouting."

    The Boy Scouts don't object to gay members; they object to gay members who are out of the closet. Shades of the DADT military and the current Catholic Church.

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 30, 2014 5:44:55 PM

  10. And that's just one predictable outcome of hard-to-understand privacy settings.

    Also, if the BSA is going around monitoring facebook pages, what happens when a straight guy changes his status to "in a relationship" and one of his friends jokingly (or drunkenly) asks, "what's his name?" Does he become unemployable because he has a friend, acquaintance, or sibling with a childish sense of humor (or merely bad proofreading skills)?

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 30, 2014 7:17:03 PM

  11. Although not the central issue in this case, the Facebook wreckage continues to pile-up and nobody asks why it's happening. You really can share too much with the entire world because the entire world is not your friend.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Apr 30, 2014 7:47:36 PM

  12. Bill, that's exactly what can happen, in some Scouting quarters. We had a false accusation made against a youth leader (he was in his late 20s) by a Scout with a grudge, who said this leader and another Scout shared a tent. Sex wasn't even explicitly mentioned, but the Scouts has a ban on individual contact between youth and leaders, so it was enough. Even though the kid who made the accusation came forward and recanted, they still banned the leader for life, just on the mere mention. This was years before they even made their bs half-measure about accepting gay youth, so we didn't really have a doubt about how it would go. All it takes is one complaint to start the process, and it's pretty inexorable from there.

    Posted by: Sterling | Apr 30, 2014 8:26:31 PM

  13. That's right. The moment we turn 18, we become sick, vile, demented pedophiles. Dear BSA, F*ck you and your hateful and demeaning view on decent and caring people who have more compassion in a single fiber of hair than all you bigots put together. Again, F*CK YOU!

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Apr 30, 2014 8:37:32 PM

  14. Anyone who supports the BSA is fooling themselves. It's an evil organization. They kicked me out of Cub Scouts just before I was to become a Boy Scout when I was 8 because I'd skipped a grade.

    They did tell my mother she could form her own pack or group or whatever it's called if she could find other boys my age in my area who had skipped a grade. That was even more ludicrous and insulting.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 30, 2014 10:21:43 PM

  15. Actually I was 10 or 11. I've tried to forget about it and the little details.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 30, 2014 10:23:01 PM

  16. Sometimes I want to smash my Eagle Scout Badge. Damn it, this is NOT the organization that I loved.

    Posted by: mdnc | May 1, 2014 7:34:43 AM

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