First Openly Gay Eagle Scout Under New Policy; Brother Excluded

It’s difficult to understand this new policy, but there doesn’t seem to be a formal Scouting group beyond Eagle Scout and age 18. Yes, they typically go on to become Scout Leaders, but not always. Hopefully Scouting will continue to evolve and allow everyone to be open.

Pascal Tessier, a high school senior from Kensington, Md., looked up to his older brother Lucien and followed him on the path in Boy Scouting to attain the highest rank of Eagle.

Last night, just nine months after the Boy Scouts of America lifted its longtime ban on admitting openly gay Scouts, 17-year-old Pascal became the first to receive that coveted award at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Md.

But his 21-year-old brother, who is also gay but had to keep his sexuality low key on his path to becoming an Eagle, can no longer participate in Scouting because he is an adult. In a two-tiered policy that began on Jan. 1, the Boy Scouts of America has embraced younger youth who are gay, but not those over 18.

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