This is one of those historic moments when, right before we jump for joy, we hesitate for a second to think, How has this not happened yet?
Today, the Boy Scouts’ New York chapter told prejudice to take a hike. It announced that it has hired the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a leader at its scout camps this summer — which is in direct opposition to the national scouting organization’s ban on openly gay adult members.
The new employee is Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout who has been a vocal advocate of (finally) opening the 105-year-old organization to gay leaders. He was also the first-known out gay scout.
Although the national Boy Scouts of America changed its membership policies in 2013 to allow openly gay youth members, it has kept its doors closed to openly gay adult members.
Should the national leadership push back on the hiring process, Tessier's lawyer David Boies is prepared to step in.
Speaking to BuzzFeed, Boies urged the president of the Boy Scouts, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to put an end to the ban: