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Zach Wahls: Intel Must Stop Supporting Boy Scouts of America

September 21st, 2012 Joseph Pedro

Zach Wahls. Image via Facebook.

While it appears that Boy Scouts of America aren’t going to listen to the thousands of people and leaders who have spoken out against their outdated and offensive policy to discriminate against openly gay and lesbian leaders and members, a new tactic to go after the organization’s funders, may be just what the movement needs to get them to listen. The founder of  Scouts for Equality, Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, as well as nearly 11,000 people who signed a Change.org campaign petition are urging Intel Corporation, one of the Boy Scouts of America’s largest corporate donors, to stop funding the BSA until the organization removes its ban on gay scouts and leaders. Wahls launched the petition on Change.org after an American Independent report revealed that Intel gave nearly $700,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2010, despite the organization’s anti-gay policy. Intel Corporation has a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. According to the American Independent, the Intel Foundation has a policy that it will not fund “organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or disability status.”

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“As an Eagle Scout representing an organization of 1,500 Eagles strong, I applaud Intel’s support for the Boy Scouts of America as a vital American institution critical in the development of our nation’s future leaders,” said Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls, who launched the campaign on Change.org. “But in July of this year, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their discriminatory policy barring gay Scouts and leaders, thus forfeiting their eligibility for funds from fair-minded, socially-responsible corporations.”

“Until the Boy Scouts of America removes this hurtful policy that is inconsistent with its own principles, they do not deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality — especially innovators like Intel,” added Wahls. [GLAAD]

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