PHOTOS: Earlier today, GLAAD and openly gay Eagle Scout Will Oliver delivered 120,000 Change.org petitions to the National Geographic Channel in Washington D.C., urging the network to denounce the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts and leaders in anticipation of the new show, Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, which premieres tonight.
GLAAD and Oliver are meeting with a National Geographic spokesperson to discuss the proposed disclaimer (above). GLAAD has also launched a social media campaign calling on supporters to tweet, Facebook and Instagram messages of equality, utilizing the show’s hashtag, #ToughScout.
“By failing to acknowledge the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory policy, National Geographic Channel is turning a cold shoulder to gay and allied viewers. Silence implies apathy towards all the Scouts and leaders who have been forced to hide who they are,” Oliver said before delivering the petitions. “Over 120,000 people have spoken — not to demand that the show be canceled — but to ask that National Geographic Channel reaffirm its core belief in non-discrimination.”