Tim Griffin, the Boy Scout camp worker fired because he’s gay recently started a petition asking the Boy Scouts of America to review and revise their policies so that he can be reinstated.
Author of the petition, Alex Hayes, Griffin’s supervisor of Camp Winton Program resigned with other staff members as a show of support. Hayes states that the official reasoning for Griffin’s dismissal that was reported as a dress code violation isn’t true. Here’s the petition letter in it’s entirety, which has over 79000 signatures at the time of this article:
Our friend Tim Griffin needs your help.
Eagle Scout Tim Griffin, the longest-serving employee (8 years) at Camp Winton in Amador County, California, was fired by the Golden Empire Council because he is gay.
Tim was loved not only by his fellow camp staffers, but all of the Boy Scouts who participated in programs he ran at the camp. The Golden Empire Council claims he was fired because he violated the camp’s dress code. But as his direct supervisor at the Camp Winton, I know this isn’t true. He was fired because of his sexual orientation. The men who fired Tim haven’t even stepped foot on Camp Winton this summer.
In response to this hurtful display of discrimination, I resigned in protest, as did 9 other camp employees. Though we love the Boy Scouts, we cannot work for an organization that treats great employees like Tim as second-class citizens.
The Golden Empire Council says that Tim’s sexual orientation had nothing to do with his removal. If this is truly the case, we urge the council to adopt an inclusive member and leader policy, just like the Northern Star Council in Minnesota has.
Please join me and my fellow Camp Winton employees in standing with Tim. Join us in urging the Golden Empire Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy.
NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you’re a current or former Scout or leader, please say so in the “Why People Are Signing” section. Thanks!
Of course this isn’t the first time the myopic thinking of the Boy Scouts have been questioned this year. In April, Jennifer Tyrell, a former Den Mother was forced to resign after the organization discovered that she is a lesbian. The close minded organization continues it’s stance of being anti-gay and anti-equality with a statement from chief scout executive Bob Mazzuca still reads as follows”
“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisors and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,”
So they continually practice discrimination because of their need to preserve values. Well, that doesn’t make sense. And are parents of LGBT supposed to keep their children at home 24/7 and not allow them to interact with the outside world? What a generic statement.