Recently I have read in the news of many Boy Scouts and Boy Scout leaders leaving the Boy Scouts of America due to the organization’s stance on gays. When I hear this, I am saddened because those people leaving are the kind of people that the Boy Scouts of America needs – allies. If they leave the organization, there is no one left to stand up for the rights of gays from within. That being said, I can completely understand why a scout or leader would leave in protest. I personally want gays and allies to stay in the organization to stand together so that their voices can be heard.
“LGBT people are our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. This is a fact and it isn’t going away. You have the opportunity to be an ally and a friend at home, school, church, and work. A straight ally can merely be someone who is supportive and accepts the LGBT person, or a straight ally can be someone who personally advocates for equal rights and fair treatment.
Allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices of the LGBT movement. Not only do allies help people in the coming-out process, they also help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect.” (GLAAD)
Growing up I always had adult friends that I could turn to when I went through difficult times with school or family. One of those was and is my dear friend, Fred. He was always there for me and I knew I could always trust him to help me. Every child or teen needs an ally like Fred, especially if they feel excluded because of their sexuality. Being a teen is hard enough; LGBT teens need to know that they are accepted and they need to know who their allies are. It is time to stand together!