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New Year, New Era as the Boy Scouts of America Begin to Accept Openly Gay Youths

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The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year’s Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded.

“My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” said Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member who chairs the policy implementation committee. “It’s business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.”

 

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  1. Acceptance of openly gay scouts will be a non-event. Gay scouts (myself included) have been coping with the shower and tent-sharing situation for decades. Straight scouts are just gonna have to deal with it instead of using the difference as a form of power play for which there were never any consequences, until now.

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