A trans woman’s experiences with the Boy Scouts

So I haven’t posted here in a while because I’ve been in a funk, but I’m pulling out of it long enough to bitch about the recent jazz about this super-secret committee formed back in 2010 what decided that it’s cool for the Boy Scouts of America to be discriminatory douchebags.

You see, I was in the boy scouts as a young lad. Not only was I in the Boy Scouts, I was also Senior Patrol Leader. I was also in two Venture Scout posts, one of which I was the President of. Furthermore, I was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. I think I know a thing or two about Scouting.

I loved my experiences with the Boy Scouts. Not only did I learn a lot of useful stuff that I actually use quite regularly, but I made lasting friendships. I’m a huge outdoorsy nerd (even though I do like to get all dressed up and purdy nowadays, I do heart roughing it in the wilderness). My troop seemed fairly accepting of all sorts of people. I’m pretty sure most people at least suspected I was queer: despite being a regular deadeye Dick with a rifle and being able to tie any sort of knot imaginable, I was always pretty femmy and queery. However, I never felt like I was discriminated against during my time with the Scouts. In fact, I’m friends with one of my old scout masters on Facebook and he doesn’t mind calling me by my chosen name. For that reason, it hurts me all the more to hear that the BSA are perfectly fine with being hyper-conservative assfucks, since clearly not all the people involved in Scouting are of the assfuck variety.

The Scouts provided me with memories and knowledge for the rest of my life, and I am incredibly thankful to them for that. Still, I am utterly disgusted that they could be involved in such outright hateful practices. It sort of makes me ashamed to have been a Scout. I really wish they would be more accepting so that more queer kids can have the experiences I had.

I was talking with a trans man friend on Facebook about this and he said he embraces his differences; despite not never having been a Boy Scout, how many grown men could say they were members of the Girl Scouts. I’m sort of the same way: how many sexy foxes were the SPL of their local Scout troop? Why can’t the BSA be more like us? Diversity is beautiful, not something to be ashamed of.

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