Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby has issued the following statement regarding today’s unanimous vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Committee, approving a resolution allowing gay and bisexual adults to serve as employees and volunteers.
“This is a huge step forward for this decades-old institution. And while this new policy will still allow discrimination in troops that are chartered by religious organizations, the majority of troops will be open to all adult leaders who are loyal, helpful, courteous and kind, regardless of their sexual orientation. That means that scout leaders like Pascal Tessier and David Knapp—both members of the extended PFLAG family and both longtime scouts—will be able to serve the organization they love, without fear of repercussions based solely on who they are or the people they love. We commend the BSA on this monumental step forward toward full inclusion, and hope that this new policy will be fully ratified by their National Executive Board on July 27th.”