New York Boy Scouts hire gay Eagle Scout despite national policy
NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts’ New York chapter has hired the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout to be a summer camp leader.
The hiring of 18 year old Pascal Tessier is a direct and public challenge to the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adults.
After a bitter debate in 2013 the Boy Scouts changed their membership rules, allowing gay scouts to join troops starting last year.
But openly gay adults are still banned from being leaders.
A spokesman for Boy Scouts national says the policy has not been changed and the organization is looking into the hiring of Tessier.