October 23, 2000
LGBT letter to the editor
To the editor:
As Emorys United Way campaign gets under way, we hope to call the
attention of the Emory community to the substantial financial contributions
made by the United Way to the Boy Scouts. Elsewhere, efforts are under
way to end the affiliation of these two organizations in protest at the
Boy Scout's discriminatory practices.
Needless to say the United Way's contribution to the health and well
being of many Americans is laudable. None-theless, as members of The President's
Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns we are
disturbed at the thought that the money we contribute will help to sustain
an organization that has publicly committed itself to discriminating against
In the course of this meeting we learned that there is a way, albeit
cumbersome, to restrict our donations to particular organizations. In
order to do this you must check the SPECIFIC CARE box on the contribution
form under number 3.
The form suggests that you need to ask your campaign coordinator for
a specific care card in order to exclude any group. In fact, United Way
has provided a SPECIFIC CARE PLEDGE FORM in each packet. On this form
you will see that you will have to provide a grantee code(s) to exclude
an organization. The codes for the Boys Scouts are 112, 113, and 114.
We very much hope that our colleagues at Emory will recognize with us the need to withhold support from organizations, however noble their aims, that arbitrarily exclude categories of people from their ranks.
Luis Cosme, Amy Lang