GLAA to Washington Times:
BSA policy reflects poorly on local United Way
March 15, 2002
(printed in March 21, 2002 edition)
Letters to the Editor
The Washington Times
3600 New York Ave., N.E.,
Washington, DC 20002
[via email to firstname.lastname@example.org]
To the Editor:
The local United Way's support of the Boy Scout's discriminatory policies is very strong, as shown in the article "Scouts lose United Way funds over gay ban" [Washington Times, March 15, 2002]. The United Way of the National Capital Area is even willing to violate their own rules for the Boy Scouts. According to their website, "All 501(c)3 organizations wishing to be included in the Campaign must apply and be approved on an annual basis. To be approved, an organization must comply with pre-determined criteria, including the following: Observe a policy of and practice non-discrimination."
The Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council has a policy of discrimination against gay people and has been found in violation of the DC Human Rights Act. They have been ordered to cease and desist in violating the law and ordered to pay $100,000 in damages plus legal fees to Eagle Scouts Roland Pool and Michael Geller who brought their complaint in 1992. The Scouts are required to reinstate both men. The Boy Scouts are appealing this decision in order to continue to discriminate. This case is very much alive in the courts and may yet wind up before the Supreme Court.
The United Way of the National Capital Area is embroiled in financial and managerial crises. Until they start living up to their own principles and policies, they will continue to earn the mistrust of the public at large.
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC
PO Box 75265
Washington, DC 20013