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The #StandWithBrian campaign is built for Boy Scouts by former Boy Scouts. As such we implore all who engage to embody the core Boy Scout values of friendliness, courtesy, kindness, cheerfulness, and reverence for the power of language. We will simultaneously use our voices to challenge our leaders to be their best, while never disrespecting them.
Scouts for Equality, Equality Ohio, Human Rights Campaign, and ACLU of Ohio Unite
Scouts for Equality, Equality Ohio, Human Rights Campaign, and ACLU of Ohio launch #StandWithBrian campaign to support ousted Assistant Scoutmaster Brian Peffly
Brian Peffly—an openly gay Eagle Scout and the Assistant Scoutmaster of Columbus Boy Scout Troop 192—had his membership revoked by Boy Scouts of America
Scouts for Equality, Equality Ohio, and the Human Rights Campaign are all calling on the Simon Kenton Council to immediately reinstate Peffly
Washington, D.C. – Today, Scouts for Equality (SFE), Equality Ohio, the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU of Ohio joined together to call on the Boy Scouts of America to reinstate openly-gay Scoutmaster Brian Peffly. Peffly, an openly gay Eagle Scout and former Assistant Scoutmaster of Columbus Boy Scout Troop 192, recently had his membership revoked by the Boy Scouts of America. As part of the campaign, SFE launched www.StandWithBrian.org and a twitter hashtag campaign: #StandWithBrian.
“His removal was unfriendly, uncourteous, and unkind.”
The letter dismissing Brian from service to the organization.
The Simon Kenton Council’s statement on diversity is still visible at their website.
BSA National Headquarters Challenges Ohio Council’s Anti-discrimination Policy by Removing Gay Assistant Scoutmaster
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Scouts for Equality c
ondemned the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to expel Brian Peffly, an Eagle Scout, a member of the BSA’s honors society, and an adult volunteer for a Boy Scout troop in Columbus, Ohio.
Peffly, who is an intensive care nurse at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, served as the assistant Scoutmaster for a troop in the Simon Kenton Council. Peffly received a notice indicating that he could no longer serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster by mail on March 14, 2015.
Dismissed by Voicemail
March 13, 2015 – Boy Scouts of America National revokes Brian Peffly’s membership on the basis of his sexual orientation. Brian worked at typical 12.5-hour shift taking care of critically ill patients to find two more missed calls and voicemails. The final voicemail said that he was sending me a letter revoking my membership from the BSA for not complying with rules and regulations.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As a scout, Brian Peffly achieved Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, earning his Eagle Scout award.
As an adult, he chose to continue a role in scouting as a volunteer assistant scoutmaster in his suburban Columbus troop.
But Boy Scouts of America recently notified Peffly that it no longer will allow him to be a part of the organization, a decision he says is tied to its policy that bars openly gay adult leaders from having any role in scouting.
"I'm not going to take this lying down. I'm not going to take this quietly," Peffly said. "I want the whole country to see the effects of this discrimination."
Less than a year ago, the local Boy Scouts council adopted a diversity statement that says adults should not be banned as leaders because of their sexual orientation.
But the organization — the Simon Kenton Council — isn’t standing by Westerville resident Brian Peffly, a gay man who was notified in March by the national Scouts office that he could no longer serve as a volunteer.
“He wanted to continue giving back to Scouting, and the New York Councils embraced him,” said Zach Wahls, executive director of Scouts for Equality, based in Washington, D.C. “They really walk the walk. Unfortunately, it looks like Simon Kenton might not do that.”
Brian’s Time In Scouting In Pictures
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“We all love scouting. We want scouting to do the right thing. And we want scouting to exist for another hundred years. And we believe the only way they're going to do that is if they change their discriminatory policies.”
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