Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Go Ahead, Buy the Cookies

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Go Ahead, Buy the Cookies

Article excerpt

If the Boy Scouts' antigay policy has you wondering about other youth groups, you're not alone. But don't worry--it's OK to crave those Girl Scout cookies. In fact, the Girl Scouts of the USA and most of the nation's other major youth groups have very inclusive nondiscrimination policies. Here's where they stand, as excerpted from their guidelines:

GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA "The Girl Scouts organization does not discriminate, but we do not endorse any particular lifestyle. We have firm standards relating to appropriate conduct. We do not permit sexual display of any sort by our members. We do not permit the advocacy or promotion of a personal lifestyle or sexual orientation. These are private matters for girls and their families to address. Girl Scout volunteers and staff must at all times serve as appropriate role models for girls."

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA "The organization does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and/or age.... Regarding youth membership, local Boys and Girls Clubs do not discriminate against members or applicants for membership on any basis. …

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