Pictures: Boy Scouts march in New York Pride parade despite gay adult member ban
A contingency of Boy Scouts have marched in the New York Pride parade for the first time, in spite of the organisation’s ban on adult gay members.
A group from Scouts for Equality (SFE) – which is comprised of gay current and former Boy Scouts of America (BSA) members – marched in the parade.
Greg Bourke, who was forced to stand down as a scout leader two years ago after the BSA discovered he was gay, said: “I want gay parents to have the opportunity to scout with their children.
“Adult leaders should have the same opportunities as everyone else has to take part in an organization that’s a bedrock of America.”
Also marching were 17-year-old Eagle scout Pascal Tessier, who became the first openly gay Eagle scout in February.
88-year-old former Scout David Knapp also marched, after he was ousted as district executive for being openly gay.