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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I think it was a fair compromise to allow boy scouts who say they are gay but are willing to live a chaste(no relationships with boyfriends) life trying to protect boy scouts by keeping the requirements the same for leaders.

I also hope the privacy and rights of the straight boys will be respected. We don't force young ladies to share tents or similar living quarters in many community youth activities, and this is due to natural attractions between the sexes. If a boy does not feel comfortable sharing a tent and changing his clothes in front of someone who may be attracted to him, I hope his desire for respect and privacy will also be respected. But knowing how the BLT community acts, they'll likely call such boy a bigot.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm trying to decipher Chris B's first sentence. Are you saying it is a "fair compromise" to allow a gay boy into scouting if he vows to be chaste, but the straight scouts can have girlfriends? Or are you saying that all scouts must vow to stay out of relationships?

Utefan60
Salt Lake City, UT

I hope the same is true for non-gay scouts too. No relationships with girlfriends either. That would be fair right? No more dances, no more make out sessions at your buddies house etc. Fair is fair? Leaders are tasked with being good examples. BTW, not all gays are attracted to all straights. So you need to be equal to all Scout participants. And yes it is bigotry to treat a gay and a straight scout differently.

evansrichdm
west jordan , UT

Got to agree with Chris B. on this one, it does happen.
I have a son in scouts and he also is held to the same standard has the gay scouts.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@Utefan,

Not all gays are attracted to all straights?

Right, no one said they are.

Similarly, not all straight boys are attracted to all girls. And yet they don't share tents together.

And no, its not bigotry to have them be in different tents just as boys and girls don't usually share tents in a variety of youth community activities(school, religious)

Just as a girl is not a bigot if she doesn't want to share a tent with a boy, a straight boy is not a bigot if he doesn't want to share a tent with a gay boy.

nycut
New York, NY

@Chris B:

Every boy scout on the planet has ALREADY shared a tent with a gay scout and lived to tell the tale.

I don't know what happens in the tents you're thinking about, but gay people and straight people share spaces all the time without molesting each other.

Yes, movies teach us that if you put a similarly aged and similarly attractive boy and girl in reasonable proximity to each other, they have hot sex or fall instantly in love and the heavens sing, or both. It's a heterosexual curse. But usually some sort of mutual attraction is required.

Give scouts a little more credit: they're not as paralyzed at the thought of someone possibly being attracted to them as you might think.

I don't think wanting privacy makes anyone a bigot. Just maybe a little paranoid.

It's a complicated social landscape, especially for adolescents, but all kids deserve a place in it.

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