Historic first: Boy Scouts lead NYC Pride March
Openly gay members of the Boys Scouts of America make history when they participate in the 44th Annual New York City Pride March. Active and former Scouts and leaders will present the American flag during the opening ceremony then serve as Color Guard during the march of more than 14,000 people down Fifth Avenue.
‘That local Scouts will now be leading one of the world’s most iconic LGBT Pride events is a testament to both how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go in the pursuit of full equality,’ observed Seth Adam, Director of Communications at GLAAD.
Also marching will be 87-year-old David Knapp who was forced out of the BSA in 1993 after 55 years of service when it was discovered that he is gay.
He will be joined by former BSA Salt Lake City Scoutmaster Peter Brownstein who was kicked out of scouting after he and his Eagle Scout son delivered pizzas to same-sex couples waiting to marry in Utah.