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04/19/2007


Gay Seattle Scoutmaster Defies BSA, Continues to Lead Troop with Support of Church: VIDEO

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Last week we reported that the Boy Scouts of America had removed openly gay scout leader Geoffrey McGrath in the first enforcement of its new rule barring scout leaders.

But McGrath has not stopped leading his troop. And the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church is backing him, KING5 reports:

"I have not tendered my resignation," said McGrath. "Until I am relieved of my duty properly, I stand in my post."

It's a post supported by Pastor Monica Corsaro who leads the host church for McGrath's charter application. "It's very disappointing that a policy that is so blatantly discriminatory is being acted out, and so I think it makes us stand more firm and be more clear that Geoffrey is our Scoutmaster and Geoffrey will remain our Scoutmaster," said Corsaro, who also said the Boy Scouts of America have yet to contact her directly.

"In my humble opinion, I don't feel like I've been communicated to by the Boy Scouts of America, Geoffrey also received an email which I was copied on but I have received no direct communication from the Boy Scouts of America."

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Boy Scouts Remove Openly Gay Scout Leader: VIDEO

The Boy Scouts of American removed an openly gay scout leader in the first enforcement of last year's new rules barring them, NBC News reports:

McgrathGeoff McGrath, 49, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, is believed to be the first gay adult to be booted from the Boy Scouts of America since it held a controversial ballot last May allowing gay youth—but not adults—to participate in one of the country’s most popular youth organizations. The Scouts had severed ties with gay adults in previous years, before the vote to admit gay youth, but McGrath, an Eagle Scout, had been hoping for a different response in this new era of Scouting.

“It’s extremely disappointing to not be fully supported and defended in my membership,” McGrath told NBC News. “They are complaining that the problem [his status as an openly gay man] is a distraction to Scouting and they don’t seem to understand that the distraction is self-inflicted.”

NBC News planned to do a story on Troop 98. The BSA said they removed McGrath after he "deliberately injected" his sexuality into Scouting in an "inappropriate" fashion by speaking to NBC News about it:

McGrath’s Troop 98 is part of the BSA's Chief Seattle Council, which said late Sunday that it didn't inquire about his sexual orientation—as directed by BSA policy—when he applied for a leadership position, according to Sharon Moulds, the council’s top professional leader.

Moulds said she found out McGrath was gay only after NBC News contacted her. “It was then that we became aware of his intentions to make a public statement about his orientation and use our program as a means to further a personal agenda,” she wrote in an email.

Seattle's KING5 spoke to McGrath about the dismissal.

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RuPaul's Drag Racer Ben De La Creme Presents 'Capitol Hill' Comedy Web Series: VIDEO

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For the past few weeks, current RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Ben De La Creme has been presenting Capitol Hill, a campy comedic web series about “an innocent young girl, named Roses Smell, who escapes the terrible backwater hell-hole of Portland, Oregon and comes to beautiful Seattle, Washington, in hopes of a better life.”

Capitol Hill just released their fourth episode. And while the first one is admittedly the funniest, De La Creme’s warm introductions and the hilarious drag performances of Waxie Moon and Robbie Turner keep the series clipping along. There’s even a bit of hairy chested eye-candy in the first two episodes as well — yum, yum!

Watch the series AFTER THE JUMP…

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George Takei to Lead Upcoming Seattle Pride Parade as Celebrity Grand Marshal

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Seattle is in for a real treat this June as organizers for the city’s Pride Parade have just announced that gay icon George Takei will serve as Celebrity Grand Marshal. 

Writes Seattle Out & Proud:

George_Takei_Chicago_Gay_&_Lesbian_Pride_2006With a career spanning more than five decades, Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise.  Takei starred in three seasons of Star Trek and later reprised his iconic role in six movies.  As an actor, social justice activist, social media power, author of “Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back” and “Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,” and star of upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance, Takei has used his roles and public persona to advance LGBT and human rights around the world.  Mashable.com reports Takei is the most-influential person on Facebook, with more than 6.4 million likes. Takei has more than one million followers on Twitter.

The Seattle Pride Parade is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 29 at 11:00am on 4th Avenue, downtown. 


Gay Former Vice Principal Mark Zmuda Suing School That Fired Him: VIDEO

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Late last year Eastside Catholic High School vice principal Mark Zmuda was given a choice: divorce his husband or be fired. Zmuda refused to sacrifice his marriage for his job and was let go. Rather than being some incident kept quiet and swept under the rug, students and faculty of ECH loudly protested the unjust treatment, protests which kept going even into the new year and ultimately drove the school president Sister Mary Tracy to resign.

The school's problems with the incident are far from over as Zmuda is now filing a lawsuit against the school and the Seattle Archdiocese for discrimination and wrongful termination. The Archdiocese has already drafted a motion for dismissal, claiming that Zmuda knew his marriage - much like the divorce, which Jesus condemns in Matthew 19:3-6, that they tried to force him to get - went against the teachings of the church. However, prior to Zmuda's termination the ECH website stated explicitly that (bolding mine),

Eastside Catholic School does not discriminate on the basis of an employee’s or applicant’s race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other status or condition protected by local, state or federal law.

The statement has since been removed from the school's live website, but everything lives forever on the internet.

The lawsuit was filed today, and you can see King 5's news report on the story
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Seattle Arson Investigated As Hate Crime, Bail Set At $1 Million

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In the latest development of Seattle's gay bar arsonist, police have determined that Musab Musmari is a flight risk and have thus set his bail at $1 million. This determination was reached in light of the fact that when SPD arrested Musmari as he was leaving home he was in possession of his U.S. and Libyan passports and a one-way airline ticket to Turkey.

Meanwhile, the FBI, working on the case as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, are investigating the case as a possible hate crime, and friends and victims of Musmari have described him as having increasingly volatile and unstable behavior over the past year.


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