Gay Boy Scout Eric Jones Gets Kicked Out, Caught on Video

| by Michael Allen
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Eric Jones, a 19-year-old member of the Boy Scouts of America, was kicked out in July 2012 after he came out as a homosexual to the camp director of a Boy Scouts' summer camp in Missouri (video below).  

Jones, who was serving as a counselor at the camp, did not regret his decision, but said he did feel "discriminated" against.

"I'd been working on coming out," Jones told the New York Daily News in 2012. "I thought it was time to have my life of scouting and my other life come together."

The incident was captured on camera and will be part of an upcoming documentary about gay discrimination called "Second Class Citizens" by filmmaker and activist Ryan James Yezak, notes

“I want to give [an] all encompassing look at discrimination because of sexual orientation,” said Yezak.

On the video, which is blurred intentionally, the director of the summer camp tells Jones: "Once you tell me that, you know you've got a problem. I understand, and quite honestly your lifestyle is your lifestyle."

"It has nothing whatsoever to do with the way I look at an individual or the way I judge them. However, by telling me what you just told me, it automatically takes you out of the program. I wish you hadn't done that."

Today, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay scout members, but will keep its ban against gay scoutmasters.

Sources: New York Daily News,