By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Last week, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) shut down a troop in Seattle for refusing to get rid of its scoutmaster, Geoff McGrath, who is openly gay.
Pack and Troop 98 are sponsored by the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church. In late March, upon discovering McGrath’s sexuality, the BSA demanded that the church remove McGrath, but the church refused.
Just last May, the BSA decided to break its 103 year-old ban on allowing openly gay youth from becoming members. However, the ban (which was put into effect on Jan. 1, 2014) did not extend to its adult gay and leaders, leaving many (myself included) in confusion. It even caused some sponsors, like the Walt Disney Company, to cut off all funding to the BSA starting in 2015.
But how can an organization decide to open its arms to only openly gay youth but not its openly gay leaders? It certainly seems like taking one step forward and another step back in an endless waltz of discriminatory actions.
Despite the BSA’s controversial ban, Rev. Monica Corsaro, the minister of Troop 98’s host church, admits that the church and the troop knew about McGrath’s sexuality, and that choosing him as their scoutmaster violated the BSA’s policy.
In a statement, Corsaro wrote, “We didn’t choose Geoff McGrath as a political statement. We chose Geoff because he was the perfect person for the job, an Eagle Scout himself . . . [who] has mentoring and leadership skills that someone taking on this role needs… The Boy Scouts of America need to recognize the growing number of churches whose beliefs include all people. And by all, we mean all.”
Although the BSA has given the boys from Troop 98 the opportunity to be placed in other troops, Corsaro has said that they will continue to meet next week, whether they wear uniforms or not.
By Devon Delfino, Blog Editor
The latest “Bachelor,” Juan Pablo Galavis, recently released an apology, via Facebook, for his anti-gay comments regarding whether or not there should be a gay bachelor.
His apology begins by asserting that the quote was “taken out of context,” and he then goes on to say, “The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it. Everyone knows English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself.”
But some are not quite convinced. In fact, according to Entertainment Weekly, the network and production company, Warner Horizon, said in a joint statement, “Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio.”
But what worries me the most, is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be very much backlash. Yes, English is a very difficult language, particularly for those of us who learned it as a second or third language. But I don’t think that’s much of an excuse for Galavis’ comments (where were the P.R. people on this one?).
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the recent Duck Dynasty scandal drew so much attention that Galavis’ comments are a bit overshadowed or didn’t seem as offensive.
But what is the ‘real’ reason behind the statement? Galavis says, “What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is…”
Personally, the whole structure of reality television is a bit off to me, but, as the saying goes, “sex sells,” So who cares if the “Bachelor” is gay or straight?
By Amira Francis, Staff Writer
Does bullying of gay and bisexual students diminish after the transition from high school to college? Recent studies discussed by the Associated Press say yes, it does. So my question to a handful of BU students was: what is your experience with this at BU? Hopefully, this video opens the discussion up for more debate: