Re: Gay Scouting
James Hermann (jhermann@AIS.NET)
Tue, 6 Dec 1994 22:18:43 -0600
This is probably a BSA only problem:
On Mon, 5 Dec 1994, Mark Johnson wrote:
> Since people who are gay (including scouts) are from all walks of life and pro
bably each of us knows
> at least someone who is gay (whether we know it or not),then why
> do people (especially those involved in scouting) totally freak when the
> word GAY is mentioned?
> Do they want to believe that boy scouts aren't gay? What exactly is the proble
m with it?
> I know I'll get reasonable and civilized answers here on scouts-l.
Unless you got a lot of private mail, I suspect that your answer
is silence, at least, public silence.
Many scouters may be afraid to respond, since scouters "tickets"
have been pulled for just publically disagreement with BSA policy.
On the other hand, many scouters just don't want to discuss the
I suspect that must scouters are old enough that they still
carry a lot of emotional "baggage" with regards to gay people.
To many people, especially men, gay people are very scary.
It is very easy to be afraid of someone or something that
represents a part of each of us that we may well repress.
I know that I still find that I am nervous and somewhat afraid
around my gay friends somedays.
Everyone knows that there are gay scouts and gay scouters.
Unfortunately, I think that that fact makes many people even
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