GLAA to Post: United Way doesn't follow its own rules
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January 26, 2002

Letters to the Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20071
[via email to letters@washpost.com]

To the Editor:

It comes as no surprise that The United Way is embroiled in controversy over their management of funds. The United Way of the National Capital Area doesn't even follow its own self-imposed rules. According to the United Way's 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."

However, 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. Both men must be allowed to take up leadership positions in the Scouts. The Boy Scouts are appealing this decision in order to continue to discriminate.

The United Way has refused to respond in any way to our letters and continues to include the Boy Scouts in their campaign. Until the United Way ends this deceptive fundraising practice, there will be continued mistrust of the organization.

Sincerely,

Bob Summersgill
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC
PO Box 75265
Washington, DC 20013


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