On January 30th, 2017 the Boy Scouts of America released a new video on their website. Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh acknowledged that the group has been "challenged by a very complex topic...
issue of gender identity.” He states that they will now be accepting applicants based on the gender identity rather than the sex on their birth certificate; contrary to their previous policy. This is revolutionary for the BSA, as up until July 27 the 2015 they did not accept homosexual males as leaders of their program or even homosexual participants only three years ago. However, how does the BSA’s acceptance of Trans individuals qualify as persuasion? th
A boy scout carried a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in San Francisco in 2015.
Additionally, Surbaugh states that "We will also continue to work with families to find Scouting units that are the best fit for their children" Here he is telling us that things are still far from perfect, but they are ready and willing to make a change. By now allowing these young boys to take part in this activity the BSA believes that this ruling can act as a catalyst for future efforts.
All in all, this is a huge step for the BSA. As a queer person who was involved in Scouts for nearly half of my life, I can understand what it feels like to be alienated for being who I truly am. When I read this article yesterday I could not contain my emotion, especially with our country being in the state that is currently in. This video shows all who listen that change is still possible, and that we the people still have the power to fight for true acceptance. We are far from perfect, but this video gives me hope that acceptance of all people is actually possible.