Garrett Bryant, 19, was looking forward to a leadership position in Arizona when he was told last month that he was being turned down because of his sexuality.
“I did the best I could to follow BSAs ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for gay members,” Bryant told the Daily News on Tuesday. “But I couldn’t control other people outing me, even if by accident. Following the rules as being an Eagle Scout apparently weren’t enough for me to stay on camp staff.”
One week before he received the bad news, Bryant had updated his status on Facebook to say he was in a relationship. He received many congratulatory responses, and at least one friend inquired, “what’s his name?”
Bryant realized the mistake nine to 12 hours later and removed the comments, but it was too late. He says he believes Boy Scouts officials saw the post or were told of it.
According to Bryant, when he called to require about why he was turned down, he was told “homosexuality” was the reason.
Since the start of the year, the Boy Scouts have allowed openly gay members, though they’re still operating under a fairly outdated Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for staff.