Why bias puts young gays' health at risk
When I was 8, I joined the Boy Scouts. I lasted three weeks–couldn’t get the hang of all that knot tying, and no one was interested in singing show tunes around the camp fire. I was gay and I knew it. At that time, revealing my sexual identity would have resulted in my exclusion from Scouting. Until the Boy Scouts of America’s historic vote last Thursday– which allows gay youth to join the scouts, but upholds the ban on gay adult leaders–thousands of young boys across the country faced similar discrimination from the Scouts, who actively and vocally banned gays.