The Hartford Courant
June 11, 2012
Every few years, Manchester resident Jason P. Scappaticci receives a phone call from the Boy Scouts of America asking him to make a donation. He always turns them down. They call me and I say, ‘No, I’m gay,’ and they say, ‘Oh, okay, thank you for your time,’ and hang up,” Scappaticci said. Scappaticci, 31, was named an Eagle Scout – the youth program’s highest rank – in his sophomore year of high school. Two years later, when Scappaticci came out as gay, he was no longer active in the Boy Scouts, which bans openly gay members.