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After A Year Of Advocating For Acceptance, Gay Teen Becomes First To Achieve Eagle Scout

Pascal Tessier answers questions from the media after the resolution to allow openly gay scouts passed in Grapevine

The Boy Scouts of America have come a long way in the last year, and this week marks another milestone in the century-old organization’s crawl towards acceptance — the first openly gay scout to make Eagle Scout rank.

If, like me, you spent more time as a tyke learning to tie braids than to tie knots, Eagle Scout is the highest rank you can achieve, and is kind of a big deal in the scouting world. Pascal Tessier, 17 from Chevy Chase, MD Troop 52 (one of the nation’s oldest troops) earned the honor Monday only weeks after the Scouts finally lifted the ban on gay youth (next hurdle is allowing gay adults).

Tessier’s achievement was met with massive support from his community, a sign that the Scouts are way behind the times, but nonetheless encouraging. And he deserves every accolade, having risked all the work he has invested in the Scouts by publicly advocating against the gay ban.

‘‘Even if I had been kicked out along the way, I wouldn’t have changed anything,’’ he said. ‘‘The whole experience was something worth having, not only for myself but also for all the other people involved — and for all the people it affects.’’

So what’s next for Tessier now that he’s reached the top of the ranks? ‘‘On my 18th birthday, I’m planning on applying to be an adult leader for the Boy Scouts so that we push the issue.”

Go get ‘em, tiger.

By:           Dan Tracer
On:           Feb 11, 2014
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  • 6 Comments
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      Pride badge.

      Feb 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BlackHouston
      BlackHouston

      Well done Pascal. We are part of the greatest generation in America’s history!

      Feb 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt1961
      Matt1961

      Congratulations to this fellow Eagle Scout. I’m very proud of him and his determination.

      Feb 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      The Boy Scouts mirrors the pro life movement. The BSA will love you until your 18, then “get the frack outta here”. The pro life movement loves the fetus but once it’s born they don’t give a rat’s ass about that kid.

      Feb 12, 2014 at 5:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charlie in Charge
      Charlie in Charge

      Good for him. And good for them.

      Feb 12, 2014 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebizzar
      Sebizzar

      Yes the Boy Scouts still need some work but this is still great news! Glad for him :)

      Feb 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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