When he came out in 2000 at age 19 , James Dale was expelled from the Boy Scouts of America, prompting him to challenge the BSA’s exclusionary policies. After 10 years, Dale’s case went all the way to the Supreme Court, but he lost by one vote.
“But I think that I pretty much continue to win in the court of public opinion, which is nice,” Dale says in this video by GLAAD, in which he urges people to speak out against the BSA’s ban on gay Scouts and leaders.
You can follow the progress of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council as they meet in Dallas to decide whether to finally repeal the ban on GLAAD’s live blog.
“We have won as a community,” Dale says, “and we continue to win when we tell our own stories.”