The Boy Scouts of America nixed its ban on openly gay adult leaders on Monday. Well, sort of.
The new policy grants church-sponsored units the capacity to appoint local unit leaders who coincide with their tenets, even if that means keeping positions out of reach for gay men.
Despite active efforts to acquiesce, the Mormon Church said in a statement it will reconsider its affiliation with the Scouts.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote,” reads a statement issued just minutes after the Scouts announced the new policy. “When the leadership of the church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in August, the century-long association with scouting will need to be examined.”
Just two weeks ago, the Mormon Church intimidated that given the means to choose their own leadership, tie-ins with Boy Scouts of America could abide per usual. For many, the Church’s red-flag response came out of the blue, the New York Times reports.
“My assumption was that the concept voted on today had been fully vetted so as to avoid any unnecessary surprises,” said Jay Lenrow, a longtime volunteer scout leader in Baltimore who serves on the BSA’s national religious relationships committee.
“I can only say that I’m hopeful that when the leadership of the L.D.S. Church meets and discusses the issue, that they will find a way to continue to support scouting,” Mr. Lenrow continued.
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The latest beauty trend in New York City is to withstand temperatures of minus 184 and minus 292 Fahrenheit. The process, called cryotherapy, involves a person signing up to sit in a six-foot-tall machine that pumps freezing air for just three minutes. The process, though, claims to “boost their metabolism, loosen their muscles, flatten their stomachs, reduce cellulite and allegedly burn up to 800 calories without moving a muscle,” according to the NY Post, who visited the trendy KryoLife spa.
And while the treatment has been around since the late 70s (it was used in Japan to treat athritis), a new batch of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Derek Hough, Mandy Moore, Bobbi Brown, Yoko Ono, and Daniel Craig have all used the machines. Christiano Ronaldo has even bought his own at-home $50k machine!
So how much does a session cost? One 180-second-long treatment costs $90, a five-minute cryofacial, $45.
Olympic athlete Blake Skjellerup tied the knot with his boyfriend Saul Carrasco. The gorgeous couple shared the exciting news on social media yesterday, showing off pictures from their Hawaiian wedding.
Thirty-year-old Blake Skjellerup represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, but didn’t qualify for last year’s Sochi games, although he was active in raising awareness against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.
His advocacy for LGBT people in sports continued at the Gay Games in Cleveland where he served an official ambassador, inspiring people of all genders and sexual orientations to compete in sport.
It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for Atlantic City, the world-famous seaside resort area that hugs the southeastern coast of New Jersey. Headline after headline spelled D.O.O.M in bright casino lighting for the city, but just as the lights began to fade to black, Atlantic City’s resident casinos and population began to pave a new path—with or without gambling.
The death-knell came after casinos began falling like dominos. Probably the biggest shock came after Revel, a $2.4 billion casino, shut its doors. Once seen as the saving grace for the boardwalk and the area’s dying gambling culture, the casino’s ultra-high cost and delayed opening, alleged bad business decisions, and a major lack of community integration/understanding, killed the casino off within two years. This was in addition to the closing of the Showboat Casino Hotel, a 23-year-old hotel; Atlantic Club, a 34-year-old institution; Trump Plaza, a 24-old, though recently renovated property; all of which made headlines spelling the demise of the once-great vacationland. As news spread across the nation, Atlantic City gained a Detroit-like reputation (an analogy used by the city’s openly gay and openly republican mayor, Don Guardian).
It seems the American public can’t get enough of Caitlyn Jenner as the Olympian has proved to be ratings gold. In addition to drawing massive audiences to the Diane Sawyer interview and the two-part Keeping Up With the Kardashians special, the transgender icon’s new reality show on the E! network, I Am Cait, brought in record numbers for the cable network.
The show, which follows the day-to-day routine of Caitlyn, brought in over 2.7 million people — making it the third-largest premiere for E!. Making up over half of the audience were the coveted 18-49-year-0ld demographic.
People can accomplish so much when they care enough about one another and other living things. Watch this incredible video and prepare to be inspired!
A federal appeals court decision handed down on Thursday says that pharmacies cannot on religious grounds deny customers medicine. If the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs it would have permitted pharmacies to refuse to fill prescriptions based on religious grounds. In this course case, it would have allowed the pharmacy in question to deny emergency contraceptives and potentially allowed them to deny things including “diabetic syringes, insulin, HIV-related medications, and Valium.”
According to ThinkProgress: “[The case] Stormans v. Wiesman concerned a Washington state rule that permits individual pharmacists to refuse to fill a particular prescription “so long as another pharmacist working for the pharmacy provides timely delivery,” but does not generally allow the pharmacy itself to refuse to deliver a prescription “even if the owner of the pharmacy has a religious objection.” Intervenors in the case, who joined on the side of the state officials defending the rule, include an HIV-positive man and a woman with AIDS who feared that they would be denied “timely access to their prescription medications” if the court sided with these plaintiffs.”
More than 50 men are stripping down to raise awareness toward veterans living with PTSD and are drawing massive attention as they released plans to walk 14 miles from south Mission Beach to La Jolla this Saturday. The men will strip down to green short shorts and combat boots. The group, the Irreverent Warriors, hope to call attention to the seriousness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in addition to suicide prevention.
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The Boy Scouts of America, which was founded in 1910 and chartered by Congress, announced that it will allow openly gay scout leaders to lead troops. As part of the settlement, the BSA has agreed to eliminate the standard nationally, develop guidelines for implementing its new leadership standard, and ensure compliance with anti-discrimination laws going forward.
Despite this being a much-needed change to their outdated policy of banning all gay scout leaders, the organization has left it open for discrimination by local groups. Church-organized local units can consider an individual’s sexual orientation when deciding who can volunteer and lead Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews.
This decision has prompted several gay-rights organizations to call out the organization for masking their discriminatory policy. HRC called on the organization to adopt a policy of full LGBT inclusion for both employees and volunteers: “Today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay, lesbian and bisexual adults to work and volunteer is a welcome step toward erasing a stain on this important organization…But including an exemption for troops sponsored by religious organizations undermines and diminishes the historic nature of today’s decision. Discrimination should have no place in the Boy Scouts, period.”