On March 8th, Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca will be hosted at the 2012 Greater Kansas City Mayors' Prayer Breakfast. Many area mayors -- in particular Kansas City Mayor Sly James -- are supportive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, though unfortunately the same cannot be said for Mr. Mazzuca or the Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have a long history of discrimination against both gay youth and LGBT families. Most notably, BSA adopted a discriminatory Youth Leadership policy in 2004 stating "Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed." Under this policy gay Boy Scout leaders are stripped of their positions in the organization and often denied access to the organization all together.
Also in 2009, BSA banned a lesbian couple from serving as volunteer Cub Scout leaders with their son's pack after learning of the women's sexual orientation. The family was told BSA does not allow gay and lesbian volunteers, and the local Boy Scouts District Director suggested that the couple would "push their lifestyle on the boys."
To have elected officials such as Mayor Sly James, who champions diversity, community, leadership, and social justice hold someone such as Robert Mazzuca up as a leader is not consistent with the values of Kansas City and the greater metro area.
Thus, PROMO calls on the Greater Kansas City Mayors and Mayors' Prayer Breakfast Committee members to speak out in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth being included in the Boy Scouts at all levels, and denounce the policy of the Boy Scouts of America to deny gay youth to participate in the Boy Scouts. In the future, PROMO hopes that the Mayors and Prayer Breakfast organizers, who share our mutual interests, will seek out a leader who commits to providing TRUE leadership qualities and who commits themselves to the betterment of the entire community.