Some 20 years ago, I was a spokesman for the then newly formed Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). There are still a few news articles archived online that quote me from those days, such as here, here and here.
In the years since, GLAAD has had an array of executive leaders, and too often has seemed most interested in raising money by partying with Hollywood friends. While the religious right and social conservatives have been used endlessly in fundraising appeals, they were rarely, if ever, publicly engaged and debated (IGF-affiliated John Corvino and Jonathan Rauch have done far more in this regard, with little or no budget). Instead, trendy political correctness and ideologically lock-step “diversity,” along with echo-chamber “coalition building” with those on the political left, have been the order of the day.
So I was pleased to read in the Washington Post that GLAAD is taking on NatGeo over the cable channel’s promotional programming with the anti-gay Boy Scouts of America. The BSA is far past the point where it should enjoy free media rides (which it wouldn’t, of course, if it excluded boys and scout masters who were African-American or Jewish), but NatGeo seems clueless about its latest programming being in any way controversial. It’s not a matter that government should weigh into, but it is an issue that should be confronted within the bounds of civil society. So, good for GLAAD.
More. Suddenly, it looks like the BSA’s gay ban could fall, at least as national policy. The Washinfgton Post reports:
Southern Baptist leaders…were furious about the possible change and said its approval might encourage Southern Baptist churches to support other boys’ organizations instead of the BSA.
Well, that’s their right. And they could always revive the Hitler Youth.