Scouts for Equality honors LGBT Congressional Staff Association
LGBT CSA’s president, Mitchell Rivard, is an openly gay Eagle Scout
Scouts for Equality, the national campaign to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America, honored Chuck Wolfe and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association at a reception held at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.
“It’s a privilege to recognize the tireless work of advocates like Chuck and Mitchell, both of whom embody the spirit of friendly service at the core of Scouting,” said Zach Wahls, executive director of Scouts for Equality. “We’re grateful for their support and look forward to working with them and other advocates to ensure a swift and decisive end to the Boy Scouts of America’s discriminatory ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy.”
In recent weeks, the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adults has been challenged by the Greater New York Council’s hiring of Pascal Tessier, a Scouts for Equality member and openly gay Eagle Scout from Kensington, Maryland. Nearly thirty other Boy Scout Councils, regional organizing bodies, have publicly stated their opposition to the BSA’s decades-old ban on gay leaders.
Mitchell Rivard, president of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, the non-partisan organization on Capitol Hill for LGBT staffers and interns, is also an openly gay Eagle Scout. He spoke strongly about the importance of LGBT visibility in both Scouting and government.
“From Boy Scout Troops to the halls of Congress, everyone should be accepted for who they are, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Rivard said. “As a nation we’ve made progress, but there’s still work to do in order to achieve full equality and inclusivity for everyone, including gay Americans. The LGBT Congressional Staff Association looks forward to working with organizations like Scouts for Equality to ensure that the principles of Scouting – being true to oneself, respect for others, and honesty – guide our public servants and strengthen our country.”