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May 28, 2013

On the Boy Scouts Decision: Diversity and Inclusion Are Necessary in the Outdoors

Last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced a bit of a confusing decision to change their policy to allow gay Boy Scouts, but not gay Scout leaders or Eagle Scouts.
At the Sierra Club, we welcome people of every culture, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation to walk, paddle, climb, and lead with us. We believe that bringing diversity to outdoor recreation is essential to preserving our natural heritage for future generations.
The freedom to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet appeals to communities of all backgrounds, and it is our responsibility as outdoor leaders to make our outdoor spaces and wild lands accessible, available, and inviting to all.
The Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors program is combating the growing divide between America and the outdoors by increasing opportunities for everyone to improve their well-being through exploring and enjoying the natural world.
The Sierra Club's 2.1 million members and supporters include people of every sexual orientation, and they are all as entitled to live their lives openly and proudly as they are to the clean air, water, and beautiful landscapes they fight to protect.

-- Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Mission Outdoors Director

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