Last summer, The Boy Scouts of America officially banned the participation of homosexuals as scouts or troop leaders.

The BSA will revisit the policy in their national executive board meeting and are expected to reverse that decision.

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In the spring of 2009, John Schwartz got a distress call from his wife. His 13-year old son, Joe, was on his way to the hospital after a failed suicide attempt.

Joe, a socially awkward but smart boy, had finally mustered the courage to come out as gay to his classmates who responded with discomfort and dismay. Hours later, he took dozens of Benadryl capsules with the intention of killing himself.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. This morning, we talk with one of the activists who worked so hard to seek the repeal. In early 2006, Alexander Nicholson, the founder of the largest organization for gay and lesbian servicemembers—Servicemembers United—along with fellow former military members who had also been discharged under DADT, toured the United States, speaking about the destructive policy at American Legion posts, on radio talk shows, and at press conferences across the South and both coasts.

The Eighth Annual Pride March and Festival sponsored by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center steps off on Sunday, June 3rd on Main Street in New Paltz. We learn more about it and the other work Hudson Valley LGBTQ does from Virginia Apuzzo (Founding President and Life Time Board Member) and Jan Whitman (Founding Board Member).