Culinary Foundation Rescinds Acceptance Of Boy Scouts Award

The James Beard Foundation, a prestigious non-profit that promotes the culinary arts, recently accepted an award from the Boy Scouts of America for supporting culinary education through scholarship funding. Yesterday, Michelangelo Signorile of HuffPost Gay Voices challenged the Beard Foundation not to accept the award because the of the Scouts’ anti-gay policies, noting that Beard himself was an openly gay man who was expelled from Reed College in 1922 for his identity. The group’s president, Susan Ungaro, reacted quickly and positively, indicating that she does not support BSA’s discriminatory practices, adding, “I have informed the Boy Scouts of America that I am rescinding my acceptance of the award.”