Secret footage which reportedly shows a gay teenager being kicked out of the Boy Scouts after coming out to a scouting official has emerged.
The video, which was taken by a hidden camera, shows a 19-year-old, now identified as Eric Jones, saying: "I've been struggling recently. Maybe it wasn't the best thing for me to run off to camp.
"But I just want to say I'm gay and I'm not really sure what to do."
The scout leader then responds: "Ok. Once you tell me that, you know we've got a problem. I understand and as far as I'm concerned your lifestyle is your lifestyle. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the way I look at an individual or the way I judge one.
"However," the official continues. "By telling me what you just told me, it automatically takes you out of the program. I wish you hadn't done that."
The video showing a scout being kicked out of the scouts for being gay
The footage was posted on YouTube earlier this week by director Ryan James Yezak as part of his forthcoming documentary "Second Class Citizens," which focuses on the gay rights movement.
Eric Jones' story has already been covered by the media; he told Daily News last year he thought "it was time to have my life of scouting and my other life come together" - but the footage of the incident has only just emerged.
At the time the Boys Scouts of America, which has long been known to have a policy that bars openly gay males from joining, said: "We do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA."
"Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy."
On Friday, the BSA's leadership will vote on whether to allow openly gay Scouts in its ranks, a move described as "a critical and emotionally charged moment for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations and its millions of members".
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