Faces from GLAAD's Boy Scouts of America campaign make OUT100 list

In their annual list, Out has named Boy Scouts' Greg Bourke, David Knapp, and Pascal Tessier as being among this year's most compelling people.

The world's leading gay fashion and lifestyle brand's OUT100 list includes a diverse range of advocates, athletes, celebrities, and leaders in their field who are as talented as they are devoted to making positive impacts on society. Greg, former associate scoutmaster, David, former district executive, and the young boy scout Pascal are being recognized this year for their commitment to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and to making the organization more LGBT-inclusive.

Until recently, BSA banned boys who are gay from joining the organization. While this ban was lifted in May 2013, LGBT adults are still forbidden from participating in leadership roles. David and Greg were each removed from their positions once BSA learned they were gay. David, 87, first joined the Boy Scouts in 1938 at the age of 12. Pascal came out when he was in middle school, and will no longer be permitted to stay active in the group once he turns 18.

GLAAD is thrilled for these gentlemen, with whom we've worked to create LGBT-inclusive changes for the Boy Scouts, to be celebrated on such a large scale. Pascal teamed up with our organization when he was denied an Eagle Award on the sole basis of being gay and shared his story with the country through outlets like Good Morning America. He was with us on the ground in Dallas in May awaiting BSA's vote that ultimately would allow gay members. Also with us in Dallas was Greg, who worked with GLAAD to collect more than 64,000 signatures urging United Way to withold their donation to BSA until the latter becomes fully inclusive. We were also honored to walk with David at New York City's Pride Parade this year.

Despite BSA's anti-LGBT policy, these three honorees find joy and fulfillment in different areas of their lives. Greg and his partner of more than thirty years are kept busy raising two children and David has found new social circles that accept and celebrate him. Recalling his recent birthday, he told Out, "[it was] at a Unitarian camp with 80 gay men holding hands in a circle, singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me — how many gay men have that happen to them?"

Several honorees of OUT100 have been announced so far, such as Scandal actor Guillermo Diaz, soccer star Robbie Rogers, WNBA record-breaker Brittney Griner, journalist Frank Bruni, medical prodigy Jack Andraka, and the creative team behind ABC's The Fosters, just to name a few. Additional portraits will be gradually revealed over the next two weeks.

To learn more about the OUT100 list, be sure to pick up the print edition when it hits newsstands on November 19 and visit Out.com as they keep rolling out additional honorees.

 

 

 

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