Gay Boy Scout Protests Group’s Ban on Gays

photo of Lucian Tessier and Pascal Tessier

photo from The Washington Post

The Washington Post reports on a small in number, but powerful in message protest from students of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (B-CC) in Maryland. Students were protesting the Boy Scouts current policy of excluding gays. One of the demonstrators was Pascal Tessier, a Scout member and out gay junior. Tessier is close to achieving Eagle Scout rank, but that could be in jeopardy due the Scouts policy:

Thursday’s demonstration, which was organized by students who belong to B-CC’s Gay Straight Alliance, took place at Wisconsin Avenue and East-West Highway, within walkable distance of the high school. It was also, not by accident, a mile and a half from the headquarters of the National Capital Area Council, which oversees 687 troops between Frederick and Fredericksburg and which will send delegates to vote in Texas in May.

Aaron Chusid, a spokesman for council, said Tessier has reason to worry about his status. “Under the current policy, if he is out about being gay, he is not eligible for being a member, which would make it impossible for him to complete his Eagle,” Chusid said.

At the same time, Chusid praised the teen for displaying the lessons that are taught in Scouting. “It’s easy to talk about being brave when it doesn’t cost you anything,” he said.

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