ATLANTA — LGBT activists claimed victory after the United Parcel Services yanked its financial support of the Boy Scouts of America — in excess of $167,000 — over anti-gay policies.
“More and more corporate leaders are enacting strong non-discrimination policies for practices including grant funding and hiring,” said Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Herndon Graddick upon the announcement. “The time is now for the BSA to end this outdated and unpopular ban before other corporate funders pull dollars and scouting families drop their support.”
In September, Intel announced it would not renew the nearly $700,000 it contributed to the Boy Scouts in 2010 over policies that bar participation of openly gay scouts and troop leaders. GLAAD has worked with Eagle Scout and son of lesbian moms, Zach Wahls, to pressure companies to cease Boy Scout support until the ban is ended.