On Monday night, 17-year-old Pascal Tessier of Boy Scout Troop 52 in Maryland became the first openly gay person to be awarded the organization’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.
Tessier has been one of the many voices speaking out to end the ban on gay youth in scouting—a controversy which dominated last year before the policy was finally changed on January 1, 2014.
However, openly gay adults are still banned from leading troops—an issue which Tessier would still like to see changed.
“I want to see adults be able to say, ‘I am openly gay and want to teach them how to become leaders,” he said.
In 2013, Tessier was named one of OUT100’s most compelling people, along with Scouts Greg Bourke and David Knapp.