The Loudoun Times has the story of Danise Steele, a den leader involved in her son’s Boy Scout troop for the past six years.
In June, she was removed from duty when one of the other scoutmasters found out she is a lesbian. Steele has been in a partnered relationship for 19 years and had never been an issue with her leadership in the past.
The Boy Scouts of America organization says it believes that “open homosexuality is inconsistent with the values.” It also recommends that scout parents and sponsors share this belief.
But, Steele still drove forward and as Jackson joined the troop, she completed her training to become an assistant scout leader. The training process to become a scout leader usually takes about a year. Steele completed it in three weeks.
Steele approached the scoutmaster, Mike Tucker, to inform him of her partnership of nearly two decades with Funk. He told her there was no problem.
She was removed after the assistant scoutmaster directly went to the Boy Scouts of America. Read the full article here.
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