the term `scout'
Rick Busdiecker (rfb@LEHMAN.COM)
Wed, 22 Jun 1994 10:35:55 -0400
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 1994 09:49:00 EDT
From: Randy Finder <NARAHT@drycas.club.cc.cmu.edu>
Subject: Re: First of Many: Inter
I though tthat I saw something go by in the 3Gs debate over on
rec.scouting that even if a group wanted to start up with a
different set of membership requirements in the USA, the could not
call themselves Queer Scouts (even if they wanted to) because the
term scout in the USA is limited to BSA & GSUSA usage only.
There is (was?) a group that called itself Forgotten Scouts. I
believe that the membership is (was?) gay and/or athiest former scouts
and that the groups agenda included community education and advocating
a change in BSA membership restrictions. I'd be interested in knowing
if there's any precedent relating to the term `scout' -- that is, have
BSA and/or GSUSA sued anyone to stop using the term or otherwise
convinced a group to stop using it.
BTW, another word with a similar legal narrowing of who can use it
in the USA is "olympic". The USOC (a private group like BSA &
GSUSA) are the only people allowed to use it. (BTW, that's why the
event in New York was "The Gay Games" and not "The Gay Olympics")
Yes, the USOC successfully sued the organizers of the Gay Olypmics
which then had to be renamed. I assume that the Special Olympics use
the term with permission -- clearly it's at least implicit permission.
The fact that the USOC has allowed at least one other group to use the
term and sued to prevent its use for the Gay Olympics is the reason
that many civil rights proponents boycott USOC activities.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City