Boy Scouts Ban Openly Gay Troop Leader
Officials from the Boy Scouts of America acted on their controversial policy Monday and announced they have fired an openly gay leader of a Washington state-based troop after he "deliberately injected" his sexuality into scouting, Seattle’s NBC-affiliate station KING 5 News reports.
Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, 49, who formerly headed Troop 98 in Rainier Beach, Wash., is reportedly the first openly gay adult to be banned from the BSA since the organization’s officials voted to welcome out scouts but ban out leaders last year, the Washington Post notes.
McGrath found out he was booted from the BSA after being profiled by NBC News this week. He told KING 5 that he learned his membership had been "revoked" when reading the NBC article.
"We expected better," McGrath, who has been married to his partner of 20 years, said. "We played our part in a transparent way and are surprised they wouldn’t back up their decision."
McGrath, an Eagle Scout, filed an application for a new troop last year via Rainier Beach Methodist Church. He said the Seattle neighborhood Troop 98 was soon approved.
"They were fully aware of my prior activism," McGrath told KING 5. "The impact of discrimination has missed them somehow."