Boy Scout says disclosure of sexuality cost him job

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by Fields Moseley

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Posted on May 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

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PHOENIX -- A teenager said when it was accidentally revealed on Facebook that he is gay it cost him a summer job with the Boy Scouts of America.

The organization started allowing gay scouts in January but not openly gay leaders.

Garrett Bryant, a freshman at Northern Arizona University, said he tried to follow the policy.

But a seemingly innocent Facebook post apparently violated that policy.

"I just said, 'I'm in a relationship,'" said Bryant. "I didn't say with who. I didn't say, 'oh, with a male.' I just said, 'In a relationship.' Went to bed, woke up the next morning and there were some comments from some friends that I promptly deleted saying things along the lines of, 'oh, what's his name?'"

Bryant said that cost him a job at a Boy Scouts of America camp.

"One of the key things is we don't ask," said Larry Abbott who is the scout executive for the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America -- before the situation with Bryant came to light. "We really look at the Boy Scouts being a safe haven for kids to be kids and we don't want sex of any type to be part of the program."

Bryant said he was happy to keep his personal life private but now that it's out he hopes Boy Scouts of America will see the policy as hurting devoted scouts.

"We're there because we love the program. We're not there for any sick purposes as some people have implied," said Bryant.

Bryant said he plans to start an Arizona chapter of Scouts for Equality.

Fields Moseley is an Eagle Scout and continues to support scouting

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