Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Good Scout

Via TPM, Pascal Tessier is the first openly gay Boy Scout to reach Eagle Scout status.

For Tessier, it represents six years of work, 27 merit badges and projects in service, leadership and outdoor skills. He put all that at risk, though, to advocate publicly against the Scouts ban on gays.

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For more than a year, Tessier, who lives in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Kensington, has been one of the most prominent openly gay scouts speaking out to change the Scouts’ longstanding ban. After a vote last year, the organization of 2.5 million youth members officially opened its doors to include all boys, regardless of sexual orientation. A ban on gay adult leaders remains in place.

That’s leadership.

2 barks and woofs on “Good Scout

  1. It’s about time. I knew two gay Boy Scouts in the troop I belonged to in about 1958 or so… they weren’t exactly out, but they didn’t make a secret of it, either; they just didn’t tell the leaders. Now if BSA would just ditch the notion that gay male Scout leaders would somehow adversely influence the boys… IMHO it would be very healthy for some of the straight boys to see a gay man in a leadership position.

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