A Gay Christmas Tree? Northeast Portland Man Uses Boy Scouts' Recycling Drive to Push Change

Wesley Murph, a 40-year-old Portlander in the Sabin neighborhood, wants the Boy Scouts of America to end its policy banning gay leaders.So he's taking an unusual stand.Friday, he hauled his Christmas tree to his driveway for recycling by a local Boy Scouts troop. He also attached a sign to the tree.Dear Boy Scouts of America,My name is Xavier. And I'm a gay Christmas tree. I think it's ...   More
Monday, December 29, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Dozens of People Will Rappel Down Big Pink Friday


Fear not, Portlanders: the people rappelling down the side of Big Pink tomorrow aren't invading downtown.They're raising money for the Boy Scouts.About two dozen people will rappel down the 42-story U.S. Bankcorp Tower starting at 9 am."I've done a lot of rappelling," says Diana Callaway, a 51-year-old mother of three, including two scouts. "I will have to say I have no doubts there will be some raise ...   More
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Stumptown 40: Winning the Race for Equality

Adult pinewood derby champ dedicates win to gay scouts.


The winner of Portland's adult pinewood derby had a victory speech."This trophy is for all the gay Boy Scouts—EVER!" Nic Peteresen said as he hoisted his award.It was a nice way to end a long night of racing as the Stumptown 40 rolled through Spirit of '77. Miniature cars built from kits that include a block of wood, four nails and four plastic wheels race down a ramp two at a time in the ...   More
Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Martin Cizmar

Backlash Against Boy Scouts in Laurelhurst Over Christmas Tree Pickup (UPDATED with Boy Scouts comment)

 Some Laurelhurst residents don’t want their neighbors to support one of theBoy Scouts of America’s local holiday season traditions—picking up Christmas trees for recycling.The objections in this “Dear Neighbors” letter (PDF) being circulated in the Northeast Portland neighborhood from residents Richard Kuhns and Mary Quigley focus on the Boy Scouts’ stance ...   More
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