Re: Sexual orientation issue ...
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Thu, 5 Mar 1992 12:42:55 CST
I couldn't agree with you more on many of your points.
No we don't discuss sexual issues (except in the most general terms) with
Scouts. Discussions of preferences for particular sex acts, etc., have
no place in Scouting. When a boy or a leader openly declares himself (or
herself, in the case of leaders) to be gay, it forces this discussion.
I would be happy to let chartered organizations vote on a nation-wide
basis. I am afraid, however, the vote would get you very upset. Ignoring
anything except potential legal liability, most CO's would still vote "No!".
Most pedophiles are not homosexuals? While this may be true statistically,
the fact remains that if a man has sex with a boy or another man, it is
considered homosexual sex. The fact that it is also rape in the case of
minors does not change the fact that it is homosexual activity. The assump-
tion that a man who is sexually interested in men might be interested in
having sex with young men does not seem unreasonable to me. You may not
want to have sex with your Scouts, but it is remarkably naive for you to
think that no gay Scouter would ever want to have sex with one of the boys.
Most courts would hold the CO legally responsible if they knowingly
registered a gay Scouter and that particular Scouter had sex with an under-
aged boy, even if the boy was willing.
My problem with gay Scouts and Scouters is simple. The fact that you must
make everyone aware that you are gay, shows that your sexual orientation is
more important to you than Scouting is. In other words, you are a *gay*
Scout, not a Scout who also happens to be gay.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City