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posted Friday, September 28, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 39

Intel cuts off Boy Scouts
Tech firm says no more cash until BSA's anti-Gay policy changes

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Intel Corporation announced September 23 that it would no longer contribute money to the Boy Scouts of America unless and until Gay scouts and scout leaders are welcomed by the organization.

In 2010, Intel, the world's leading maker of semiconductor chips, reportedly gave the Boy Scouts $700,000. Intel's chief diversity officer, Rosalind Hudnell, said in a statement to ThinkProgress that the Silicon Valley-based technology giant had re-evaluated its donations for all organizations it supports.

'Due to significant growth in the number of organizations funded,' she wrote, 'earlier this year we revisited our policies associated with the program, and applied new rigor that requires any organization to confirm that it adheres to Intel's anti-discrimination policy in order to receive funding.

'Intel is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and to supporting the communities in which we live and work.'

Hudnell said that Intel's donations went to individual troops and councils where their employees participate, and not to the national organization.

THOUSANDS SIGN PETITION
More than 30,000 people signed a Change.org petition initiated by Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls, calling on Intel to pull funding from the Boy Scouts.

'Intel made the right decision here, in order to live up to their corporate values of diversity, equality, and individual liberty,' Wahls said.

'Companies that support the LGBT community simply can't be in the business of funding organizations that discriminate. Frankly, by sending this message, Intel is upholding the true spirit of Scouting better than the BSA is today.'

'Companies and CEOs are joining with thousands of Eagle Scouts and hundreds of thousands of other Americans calling for an end to discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America,' Wahls continued.

'Until the BSA removes this hurtful policy that is inconsistent with its own principles, companies that strive for workplace freedom must reconsider their financial backing.'

GLAAD IS HAPPY
GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), which took up the case of Lesbian mom Jennifer Tyrrell after she was ousted as leader of her son's Cub Scout pack, also congratulated Intel.

'Intel joins current Boy Scouts of America Board Members, President Obama, Mitt Romney, and hundreds of thousands of Americans in speaking out against the BSA's practice of unfairly kicking out Gay scouts and scout leaders simply because of who they are,' GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement.

'All of the great work that the BSA does to help young people will continue to be overshadowed by their blatant discrimination until they join other inclusive national organizations like the Girl Scouts of the USA and the 4-H Club. The time is now for the BSA to side with fairness - otherwise they will continue to see sponsors and scouting families drop their support.'

The Boy Scouts of America national organization reaffirmed its anti-Gay policies in a statement issued on July 17, embarrassing two of its own board members who had called for an end to discrimination against Gay scouts and troop leaders. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and James Turley of Ernst & Young had both argued for a more inclusive policy.

Verizon, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and Bank of America have each contributed $100,000 or more to the Boy Scouts and continue to maintain a relationship with the organization.



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