In a landmark step its chief executive called “compassionate, caring and kind,” the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday ended its longstanding policy of forbidding openly gay youths to participate in its activities.
The decision, which followed years of resistance and wrenching internal debate, was widely seen as a milestone for the Boy Scouts, a symbol of traditional America. More than 1,400 volunteer leaders from across the country voted, with more than 60 percent approving a measure that said no youth may be denied membership “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”
Out/Loud will be running from 12:00 PM to 10:00PM on Saturday June 1, 2013.
General Admission is free during the day. At 6:00 pm, tickets can be purchased at $6 for University of Oregon students, $8 for general public of all new entries. Tickets will be sold at UO ticket office and at the door.
Out/Loud will be hosted at Kesey Square in downtown Eugene, Oregon, right down the street from the Saturday Market.
So, I still listen to the the Edge, a radio station in Dallas, because it’s awesome and radio here in Alabama sucks. I was listening today and heard an intro bit that included something along the lines of “the ladies room is for people with vaginas.” I was shocked and sent an e-mail to the dj…
I want to start off by letting you know that I grew up listening to the Edge and kept on listening when I moved to Alabama three years ago. The Edge tops all the stations that are played here, hands down. But I was listening to your show today, and I heard a bit where there was an announcement made over the intercom to station employees about “only using the ladies restroom if you have a vagina.” I recognize that to many people it’s a funny blurb and I realize that it was never meant to offend anybody. But as a transgender person, I was shocked to hear something like that on the Edge. I know it wasn’t done with malicious intent, and I’m not angry about it or going to stop listening to the Edge because of it, I just wanted to try and raise awareness and give you all an opportunity to remove the bit from your library, if you all at the Edge choose to do so. I’m only e-mailing you personally because I heard it for the first time during your show, I apologize if I should have e-mailed someone else about it.
Thank you for your consideration,
I had an e-mail back within ten minutes…
Thank you so much for your email. I forwarded it to the necessary people and they have pulled the piece you mention. I only heard the tail end of it and was in the process of listening to it when I got your email. Thanks for your insightful and thoughtful letter. I am a huge supporter of LGBT community and never want to air anything that might be offensive to this community
Things like that give me more hope that we’re doing something.
kdge.com if anyone wants to listen to them online like I do! (also on iheartradio)