The meetings are getting far more attention since the organization announced last week it would consider allowing individual troops to decide whether to allow gay membership. Police and security guards kept watch at the suburban Dallas hotel where the meetings are being held, and reporters were barred from talking to board members.
Several current and former Scouts, leaders and their supporters rallied outside the organization’s nearby national headquarters in Irving, Texas, armed with four boxes of what they said were 1.4 million signatures on a petition opposing the Scouts’ current policy. Jennifer Tyrrell, who was removed as a den leader of her son’s pack in Ohio because she is lesbian, called the exclusion policy “archaic.”
National groups on both sides of the debate have sent emails to supporters and announced they were buying newspaper ads to draw attention to the issue. Even President Barack Obama has weighed in, telling CBS Sunday that the Scouts are a “great institution” that should allow everyone to join.
“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life,” said Obama, who as the U.S. president is the honorary president of BSA. – ABC News
Ian McKellen gets honorary doctorate, thanks gay groups – Los Angeles Times
Illinois: Gay Marriage Vote Very Likely – New York Times
France approves gay marriage in parliament – AmericaBlog
Bullying eases for lesbian, gay teens as they age: study
Researchers, whose results appeared in Pediatrics, found that while more than half of non-heterosexual teens reported getting bullied at ages 13 and 14, fewer than one in ten was still being victimized six years later.
“This study provides strong empirical support for the idea that it does get better,” said lead researcher Joseph Robinson, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Even though you’re bullied in high school, chances are you won’t be bullied in young adulthood.”
But not all the news was good. Gay and bisexual men, in particular, reported that they were still bullied much more often than heterosexual men when surveyed at age 19 to 20. And bullied LGB youth said those experiences contributed to their feelings of depression and worthlessness years later as young – Reuters
Obama to Boy Scouts: Allow Gays as Members
President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.
The president’s comments in a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS come ahead of this week’s meeting of the Boy Scouts’ national executive board. A proposal to open up the Scouts’ membership to gays is expected to be discussed and possibly voted on at the gathering in Texas – Newsmax
Gay Porn Director Michael Lucas Documents Israel’s Gay Life First Mainstream Film
Unlike many studios that limit sets to an abandoned warehouse or back room, Lucas has taken his actors to Barcelona, Mykonos and other scenic locales. He’s also done a contemporary New York version of “Dangerous Liaisons” and “La Dolce Vita.” No film, however, has won the praise of his “Men of Israel,” which features gay porn’s first all-Israeli cast, some very hot sabras (Israeli natives) in equally breathtaking settings. The film was one of those rare gay porn movies that received attention in the wider world, including Chelsea Handler, who, along with her co-hosts, tossed off some bon mots (examples: This is the only porn film where everyone in the orgy scene has an advanced degree; Lucas is having trouble releasing the uncut version).
Kidding aside (and even his biggest antagonists would have to admit that the film is hot), “Men of Israel” both reflects Lucas’ fascination with the ancient land of the Bible and helped foster an abiding interest that led him to take a dual citizenship. Lucas, who describes himself as a Jewish atheist, has emerged in recent years as one of the most outspoken gay advocates of Israel.