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Exhibition Join In: Voluntary Assocations in America

Scouting Award Square Knot. Patch. Private Collection (88.01.00)
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Scouts for Equality

In 1978, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) implemented a blanket ban on openly gay members and leaders, a restriction that BSA enforced for decades. Scouts for Equality was founded in 2012 to increase public awareness of BSA’s discriminatory practices and to urge BSA leaders to end the ban as quickly as possible. In 2013, the BSA voted to end the ban on gay youth in scouting and in 2015 lifted its prohibition of gay adults as leaders. Scouts for Equality created this unofficial patch, the “Inclusive Scouting Award,” to be worn by Scouts to show solidarity with LGBTQ+ people in scouting.