Generations of past and present Boy Scouts — celebrating new LGBT inclusion in the organization and demanding an end to the ban on out adult leaders — led the march through Manhattan.
The Boy Scouts of America’s longstanding ban on out gay scouts ends Jan. 1, ushering in a new era for some members like Pascal Tessier, who will be able to earn Eagle Scout level. Activists call the change a “step forward,” and vow to keep fighting.
The move sends a clear message to the incoming president of Boy Scouts of America’s executive board, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, according to Eagle Scout and LGBT activist Zach Wahls.
After being denied his Eagle pin by the Boy Scouts of America, Ryan Andresen’s application was approved by a California chapter.
The corporation’s giving arm will no longer fund the BSA as long as the organization continues its ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders. “[W]e cannot continue to provide support to an organization with a policy that is contrary to one of our core beliefs.”