19 year old Garret Bryant was looking forward to a summer leadership position with the Boy Scouts of America at a BSA Summer Camp in Arizona. That is until he was told he was being turned down because the Boy Scouts found out that he is gay.
“I did the best I could to follow BSAs ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy said Bryant,
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.
“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.”
When he called to require about why he was turned down, he was told “homosexuality” was the reason, he said.
This year the Boy Scouts began allowing openly gay teens into their ranks, but still don’t allow gay adults. Bryant is still considered a youth for many programs in the organization, but not for all of them.
“The whole reason we went public with it is to bring it to light that halfway is nowhere near good enough,” said mom Kat Bryant, who has known since the fall that her son is gay.