John Stemberger

John Stemberger, head of Florida Family Policy Council, is also the founder of Trail Life USA. Trail Life was created as a Christian Scouting alternative solely for the purpose of excluding the participation of gay boys. Stemberger has a long history of anti-gay animus and literal, visceral homophobia.

In response to the Scouts’ apparent intention to allow openly gay adult leaders, Stemberger has issued a statement:

Trail Life USA is saddened by the announcement regarding the anticipated membership change in Boy Scouts of America, as many families and boys will be negatively affected by this departure from their own long-standing principles. It is tragic that the BSA is willing to risk the safety and security of its boys because of peer pressure from activists groups.

SPLC hasn’t gotten around to designating Florida Family Policy Council an active hate group. They don’t have to. Stemberger makes this status all too apparent. Why not come out and say it? “Gays are evil perverted sexual predators who recruit adolescent boys into their lifestyle.” Ultimately, that’s what Stemberger means.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.