Outed teen scout leader rejected by Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is again enforcing its policy that forbids membership to out gay leaders.
Recently, a church-run troop was disbanded in Seattle after BSA discovered its leader was gay.
Now, a 19-year-old scout in Arizona who was outed on Facebook has been denied a summer job with the organization because of his sexuality, reports The Advocate.
Garrett Bryant, 19, was in the closet to his scout troop, but when he changed his Facebook relationship status to “In a Relationship", some friends outside scouting posted comments asking, “What’s his name?”
Friends involved in scouting saw the posts before he could delete them.
Bryant had hoped to be hired again at Camp Geronimo, about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix, where he worked last summer.
A week after the Facebook posting went up, he was told no job would be offered to him, citing the posts as evidence of homosexuality.
BSA this year began allowing openly gay youth members, but it still prohibits openly gay adults from serving as volunteers or employees.
“They made an issue of my sexuality,” Bryant told NBC. “I was perfectly content with staying in the closet with the scouts.”
The BSA issued a statement saying Bryant “did not meet requirements for employment”.