Michelle Holmes reports that the BSA national council has voted to allow gay youth to openly participate in scouting. This replaces an informal “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy that forced youth to conceal a central aspect of their identity.
The struggle is not over. National policy continues to forbid gay adults from serving as leaders. Advocates even now are vowing to continue to push for further reforms.
We of Troop/Crew 56 remain committed to a vision of 21st Century scouting that embraces all people, gay or straight, as youth and as leaders.