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Former boy scout, gay right activist react to new Boy Scouts policy
Adam Sanzone of Troy doubts the new policy allowing openly gay boys to join the boy scouts will make life much easier for those scouts. He remembers the difficulty he had as a scouts.
"It's gonna be tough for them because if they do go out and be open they can experience hardship," says Sanzone, "people could make fun of them, people could be hard on them. We don't know what the adult leaders' reactions are gonna be. Their reactions toward me wasn't the greatest."
Sanzone says he left the scouts organization when he was nineteen, fed up with name-calling and mistreatment. He says he wishes the Boy Scouts had gone farther and allowed openly gay adult scout leaders, too.
"I feel that's unfair to those scouts who want to stay in and be part of this organizatioon they grew up in," Sanzone says. "That's a difficult time of life, being a teenager, being part of something your whole life and then you can't go back?"
Activist Libby Post agrees.
"They're working under antiquated stereotypes of what they think gay men are," says Post, "it's really disgusting and stupid...it's ignorant."
In the capital region, Richard Stockton is the Scout Executive with the Boy Scouts' Twin Rivers Council.
He issued a statement supporting the new policy, saying it "moves the scouts toward a more inclusive membership policy."
The policy takes effect on January 1.