It was inevitable with all the controversy about homosexuality and the Boy Scouts of America organization that one day a male gay scouting leader would seek to highlight his involvement. And sure enough, Yahoo News announced on April 1 that an openly gay Boy Scouts troop leader has tried to openly inject his homosexuality into the job.
The BSA has given the controversial scout the boot after they learned of his sexual persuasion, which came about through his involvement in an NBC piece. But the scouting leader, Geoff McGrath, claims that everyone knew about his sexual orientation before NBC News began profiling him.
Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith says that's just not accurate, as "our police is that we do not ask people about their sexual orientation."
The popular organization came under fire when it insisted it wanted to provide a safe haven for young males who enjoyed outdoor activities, away from pressures by homosexual activists who wanted to infiltrate the organization with their own agendas. To that end, the BSA eventually conceded in allowing openly gay youth to participate in the program, but refused to allow gay men leadership roles within the group.
Geoff McGrath could have remained an active participant in the organization if he had not felt the need to push his sexual lifestyle in the mainstream media, where it would have to come to the attention of the BSA. And if he really loved the work with the youth as he claims, he might have done that. But according to the former scout leader, his main concern is that he is "not fully supported" as a homosexual man within the scouting organization. And making that point in the press is what drove him.
We became aware of his intentions to make a public statement about his orientation and use our program as a means to further a personal agenda," a spokeswoman for the Seattle, Washington BSA said.
And that is why the Boy Scouts of America have relinquished McGrath of his influence over the youth in Seattle's Troop 98. As they feel that scouting in America needs to be focused on youth and the activities and opportunities they provide for them; not on who is or is not gay in the BSA.