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Gay Eagle Scout Will Be Booted, But His Straight Twin Can Stay

Gay Eagle Scout Will Be Booted, But His Straight Twin Can Stay

Meet August and Liam Easton-Calabrias:

  • Both are identical twins
  • Both are seniors at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington
  • Both received the rank of Eagle Scout over the past weekend
  • Both have participated in scouting for seven years
  • Both earned the same 22 merit badges

Yet one of them is about to be booted from the scouts for one small characteristic that makes them slightly different: one is gay and one is straight. You can probably guess which one is being shown the door!

Last year, after a history of bigotry, the Boy Scouts of America tried to implement a more tolerant stance when it decided to allow gay youths to participate in its organizations. Gay adults, however, were still banned and a number of parent and community leaders have been kicked out simply because of their sexual orientation.

As KOMO News reports, this discriminatory stance has left Liam, the gay twin, in limbo. Though he still has some time to participate with the Boy Scouts as a youth, his days are numbered. Meanwhile, August is free to continue with scouting indefinitely based on his heterosexuality.

The similarities between the twins highlight just how backwards the Boy Scouts’ approach is. To delineate between two scouts with the same set of experiences based solely on a factor that is irrelevant to scouting is ridiculous.

“It was an interesting revelation to see the Boy Scouts come together as a non-inclusive organization. I don’t think it’s true to the scouting way,” said Liam, the gay twin. “The more conversations we have, the better chance we have of getting it overturned.”

Enabling a rule change within the Scouts is certainly a goal of Liam’s. He expressed that when he has children of his own, he would like to see them involved in scouting, and ideally be permitted to participate as a leader himself.

Sadly, the Easton-Calabrias’s story is not unique. The Tessier family in Kensington, Maryland demonstrated a similar controversy regarding LGBT scouting siblings. In February, 17-year-old Pascal Tessier became the first openly gay Eagle Scout under the newly adopted “homosexuals are okay until they’re adults” policy. Incidentally, Pascal’s older brother, Lucien, is also gay and also an Eagle Scout. As a 21-year-old, however, Lucien is no longer able to affiliate with the Boy Scouts, a reality that Pascal will soon have to face himself.

At least the aforementioned pairs of brothers were able to receive the Eagle ranking after all that hard work. Just last year in Moraga, California, Ryan Andresen completed all of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, only to see his application rejected by Boy Scout leaders because Andresen had turned 18 and is gay.

Seeing these identical faces treated differently by the Boy Scouts is bound to be bad PR for the organization. Chalk that up as another trouble the group faces for insisting to cling to a policy of intolerance.

 

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Photo Credit: KOMO News

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11:22PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Quite strange, I received a comment - quite absurd by the way - from a sad religious equivocated person. But it's not here. Wonder if it was deleted. I imagine it was.

10:10PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

There must be a place for us. For us who can't stand anylonger so much hate and prejudice. And people dare to use God to justify their ignorance. If God is like that, then, I don't want anything with him. God should mean love.

2:44PM PDT on May 28, 2014

Darryll G.,,,,,
Your hate filled comment to me does NOT DISAPPOINT me.....you spoke as a true wacko "christian". I would expect nothing less from you.
I stand by my comments as a 70 y.o., Boy Scout, graduate of a Presbyterian and a Methodist University, and a REAL Christian.

2:48AM PDT on May 24, 2014

Repeal there tax exempt status.No discriminating organisation should get tax exempt . Stop hiding behind religion .

4:51PM PDT on May 13, 2014

Darryll G.
You asked
BMutiny T. where do you figure homosexuality is compatible with Boy Scout Oath or Promise

I would ask you where do you figure homosexuality is not compatible with the Boy Scout Oath or Promise.

Keep in mind that honoring God does not mean incompatibility with the Scouts. For one many faiths Christian as well as others that accept homosexuals and don't follow the interpretations of scripture that others follow. Then others that do believe that physically acting on your homosexuality is the sin, not the feelings or emotion involved. I don't personally believe either. I don't believe in God, or the validity of the Holy Bible but no matter what the oath and promise that you mention do not seem incompatible with homosexuality.

12:06PM PDT on May 13, 2014

Heather-may i ask? how you equate truth with hate and please tell me one hate word i said

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Gay Eagle Scout Will Be Booted, But His Straight Twin Can Stay
Darryl, so you're not responsible for your hate talk because god made you do it?? How very convenient for you.

11:47AM PDT on May 13, 2014

In case you didn't notice my comments were directed to you, not to god.

11:46AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Darryl, so you're not responsible for your hate talk because god made you do it?? How very convenient for you.

10:23AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Darryl, by "homosexual community" do you mean the parents of gay people? Their siblings and extended families? Their friends and colleagues? People who are secure enough in their own marriages that they aren't threatened by two adults of the same sex getting married as well? Nope, god doesn't condemn being gay...DARRYL DOES.

10:17AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Darryl, ALL your remarks about gay people are derogatory. Gay people are Christians, have served (and died) in the military, are great family members, take care of people and are healthy!! Stop being ignorant and blaming it on god. He created gay people the same way he created you!!

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