UPS halts donations to Boy Scouts because of ban on gay scouts, leaders

What can brown do for you? One thing that shipping giant UPS will no longer be doing is donating money to the Boy Scouts of America due to that organization’s stance against gay scouts or leaders.

UPS’ charitable arm, the UPS Foundation, donated $167,000 to the Boy Scouts and their many outlying entities in 2010. GLAAD has posted that UPS released the following statement in regards to this change:

The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with our focus areas, guidelines, and non-discrimination policy. UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.

The Boy Scouts made national headlines when an openly lesbian cub leader, Jennifer Tyrrell, was dismissed because of her sexual orientation. Her son, 7-year-old Cruz, was later removed from the Boy Scouts by his mom.

Just in case you’re wondering, the Girl Scouts of America has a diversity policy that’s been in their bi-laws since 1980.

Oh yeah, to find out why on earth that boy has a beard in the above photo check out our earlier article on a strange ad campaign here.

Props to Jezebel for the find.