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San Francisco UW Chapter

 

     Of all the United Way chapters most involved with BSA's discriminatory membership policies, the United Way of the Bay Area (San Francisco, CA) has taken the lead in challenging BSA's policies.
     Around the time that the Curran case went to trial, the Bay Area UW Chapter started to take a look at the policies of the local BSA councils, for which it provided funds. When it was determined that each of these councils adhered to BSA's discriminatory policies, the UW Chapter engaged in a dialogue with the councils to determine the process of changing such policies.
     Before the 1990 Curran trial, the Bay Area United Way chapter had recently adopted a nondiscrimination policy which prohibited its grant recipients from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation when providing services. Thus, the local councils applying for funds where knowingly violating the UW Chapter's nondiscrimination policies.

     In this section are the following resources:

  • The 1992 report from the United Way Boy Scout Task Force organized by the United Way chapter to solve the problem;
     
  • A letter from Ben Love, BSA Chief Scout Executive in 1991 to Scout Executives on the situation in San Francisco;
     
  • A letter from Ben Love, BSA Chief Scout Executive in 1992 to Scout Executives on the situation in San Francisco; and,
     
  • News coverage of the situation between the UW Chapter and the BSA.

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