@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.
@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.
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.
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.
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?
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.