After the media firestorm as a result from The Boy Scouts Of America (BSA) dismissing several gay employees and volunteers, Zach Wahls is asking companies to stop donating to the organization. In a new petition, Wahls is asking United Parcel Service (UPS) to halt further donations.
UPS has recently revised their commitment to a discrimination-free environment, despite their $167,000 donation to the BSA in 2010:
“In today’s world, we understand that diversity encompasses more than race and gender. It extends to the full myriad of issues ranging from ethnicity to sexual orientation to physical ability. Inclusiveness, respect and cooperation are core values that help drive the way we do business with our customers and suppliers – and strengthen our bonds with a multi-cultural community of friends and neighbors
The petition recognizes the volunteers and employees that have been dismissed because of their sexual orientation:
“And because of this policy, inspirational Scouts and Scout leaders — Like Ohio Den Mother Jennifer Tyrrell and Kentucky Scoutmaster Greg Bourke — continue to be fired from the Boy Scouts, just because they are gay.
“UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez should know all too well how senseless and out-of-touch the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy is. Mr. Martinez serves as Chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and is a board member for The Metro Atlanta YMCA. Both of these organizations welcome and benefit from embracing gay youth and leaders in their programming.”
Hopefully UPS won’t make further donations to the organization in the future.