Good for the Boy Scouts of America

What a wonderful treat! This morning the New York Times greeted me with an article reporting the Boy Scouts voted to allow openly gay youth members. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/boy-scouts-to-admit-openly-gay-youths-as-members.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130524&_r=0

This has been a long time in coming. I’m reminded of similar events in history that allowed Blacks into the ranks of White organizations. Many encouraged it, some bemoaned the soon-to-occur demise of society. Black people were born black. Gays, lesbians and bisexuals were likewise born that way.

I’m reminded of singer Garth Brooks’ song, We Shall Be Free. Also of singer John Lennon, former Beatle, and his song, Imagine.

I encourage the Boy Scouts to allow non-straight adults/leaders, but I understand change comes a step at a time. It’s difficult for those of us who see the wisdom and commons sense in equality, but we must understand it’s  difficult for those opposed to it.

Sincerely,

David

Sexual Identity Rating Scale

So many of us struggle with internal issues such as ‘do I want to go into law or medicine’ or ‘where shall I live’, ‘am I gay/lesbian, straight or bisexual.’ Some societies are addicted to yes or no, black or white. How about a hybrid? Some can be a plumber and electrician; be a switch hitter in baseball; play offense and defense in football, so why are we propelled to declare one sexual identity? Here is my rating scale.Sincerely,

David

Note: Place yourself on the Bi Gauge based on what the sexual attraction is in your heart and mind. There is nothing to hide here. You can be free and honest.

         If you are not sure of which number to pick, say 4 or 5, close your eyes, take a deep breath and let your inner adviser whisper to you. It will become clear as to which number to choose.

0 = Totally straight. Only interested in the opposite gender. No thoughts or internal stirring for your own side.

1 = In your life there might have been a few people of your own gender that have excited you sexually.

2 = Periodically (up to four times per year) there is someone of your own gender either in person, on TV or in a movie or video that creates a sexual heat in you.

3 = Your sexual attraction for your own gender is between periodic and regular.

4 = You have regular sexual excitement for your own team but less than half of the time.

5 = The balance point. Your sexual thoughts, interests and stirrings are equally weighed between both men and women.

6 = You have regular sexual excitement for your own team and it is more than half of the time.

7 = Your sexual attraction for the other gender is between periodic and regular.

8 = Periodically (up to four times per year) there is someone of the opposite gender either in person, on TV or in a movie or video that creates a sexual heat in you.

9 = There might have been a few people of the opposite gender that has excited you sexually

10 = Totally gay/lesbian. Only interested in your own gender. No thoughts or internal stirring for the other side.