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Pat's Personal Portraits: Boy Scouts lift gay ban

Recently the Boy Scouts of America decided to end the ban on openly gay scouts becoming and/or being members. The decision was met with a luke warm response from people because many felt the effort didn't go all the way. There is still a ban on gay leaders in the Boy Scouts.

Tom Simplot is an openly gay Phoenix City Council member and is a part of the group who did not celebrate when the ban was lifted. I spoke with him about his reaction to the ban, his take on what made the BSA make the change and about the first openly gay professional athlete.

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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