Re: Delivery error notice sent to list SCOUTS-L
Tue, 18 Sep 1990 11:31:00 EST
> 2. Policy toward Hetero/Homo/Bisexuality:
> Counseling: It is expressed policy that a volunteer's counseling must consist
> only of listening, and never giving advice. Our counseling is only "first
> aid" - that any matters that require any counseling more sophisicated than thi
> should be referred to someone who is trained to do it. If I was approached
> with such a matter, I would recommend that the youth talk to his parents. If
> he felt that this would be unacceptable, I would ask my council executive for
> guidance in such a case.
> Personally, if there was a scout in my troop that I knew was homosexual,
> I would try very hard not to discriminate against him, but I wouldn't be very
> happy about it, since some isolated cases of homosexual abuse have somewhat
> tarnished the scouting image in many people's eyes, and I am afraid that if
> such an individual made an issue of his sexuality, that this image would be
> reinforced. (Am I way off base here?)
Hmmm.... you say that you would "try very hard not to discriminate".
You have to more than try very hard, you MUST NOT discriminate. You'll get
yourself and the BSA in a lot of trouble. Remamber that this organization is
supposed to be supportive to everyone not matter what their interest. These
are regular people with regular lives. The only difference is their sexual
preference. They aren't mutants or anything.
I really don't see what you would be unhappy about. Are you afraid
that he would make a move on you and possible try to have sex with you? I
don't think he would approach you because you are too high on the "totem" and
he has a lot to lose. Besides, just tell him you aren't interested.
You can't let your "unhappiness" show in the troop. The boys will
catch on and it may make a sticky situation. Many events may be ruined.
Lighten up a bit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City