The Boy Scouts have changed their rules to allow openly gay scouts, but since LGBT adults are still banned, Walt Disney World has discontinued funding the BSA through its “Ears to You” grant program.
“We recognize that many Scout Units have received financial support over the last several years from this grant opportunity and are sad to see it go,” wrote Central Florida Council Board President Robert Utsey in an email. “The National BSA Council has reached out to [Walt Disney World] to try to resolve the situation, however, according to WDW, their views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support.”
Other companies that have ended their sponsorship of the Scouts include Lockheed Martin, Intel and UPS.
Speaking of not having it with discrimination, the World Bank has suspended a $90 million loan to Uganda after the country passed a draconian law making homosexuality a criminal offense.
“We have postponed the project for further review to ensure that the development objectives would not be adversely affected by the enactment of this new law,” explained World Bank spokesman David Theis.
The bank, which has traditionally stayed out of politics, is taking a closer look at the human-rights records of nations it extends credit to. “In the coming months, we will have a broad discussion about discrimination with staff, management and our board on these issues,” said World Bank president Jim Yong Kim. “Now is the right moment for this conversation.”
In addition to the World Bank, Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway have frozen aid to Uganda because of the law, but Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni doesn’t seem to be swearing it. “We will not shy away from this, we want to rid this country of homosexuality and if that means these people – Obama, the Hague, you name them – want to stop their aid then let them,” ethics minister Simon Lokodo told The Telegraph. “We don’t need it, we won’t die poor, and we will at least be able to save these gays from damnation.”
Larry King sat down with the Dali Lama for a one-on-one covering a variety of topics, including gay rights. While his Holiness seems pretty live-and-let-live, he didn’t exactly trumpet LGBT equality.
Regarding what King called “the gay question,” the Dalai Lama said “That, I think [is a] personal matter…Of course, you see, people who have belief[s]…or have spiritual tradition, then you should follow according [to] your own tradition. But non-believer[s], that['s] up to them.”
Asked specifically about gay marriage, the Tibetan spiritual leader said merely that it was “individual business” for each country to decide on. Not exactly something we’d put on a bumper sticker.
Check out the full interview below.