Zach Wahls - Nationally-Noted Advocate and Author of “My Two Moms” to Lead Event Addressing Anti-LGBT Policies of the Boy Scouts of America

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Advancing Compassion Project presents Zach Wahls and “Scouts for Equality” in San Diego on Sept. 23rd to discuss the impact of the Boy Scouts’ ban on Gay Scouts and LGBT Leaders – and how to bring change to a national organization influencing millions of American youth.

Zach Wahls, whose impassioned 3 minute speech on marriage equality to the Iowa legislature quickly became the most watched political video on YouTube with over 17 million views, and who has since appeared on Ellen, David Letterman, Jon Stewart and others, recently formed “Scouts For Equality” to help end the anti-LGBT policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Advancing Compassion Project will be presenting Zach and Scouts for Equality in a forum addressing the impact of the Scouts’ policy on their members and leaders, and the message it sends to straight kids about the acceptability of anti-LGBT discrimination. The event will be hosted at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego in association with their Social Justice and Rainbow Action groups as a benefit to support the ongoing efforts of Scouts for Equality to bring change to the Boy Scouts and to a new generation of Americans.

“As an Eagle Scout with two moms, I founded Scouts for Equality to seek an end to a policy of official discrimination by the Boy Scouts that has impacted gay scouts, their families and leaders for more than three decades,” said Zach Wahls. “I appreciate the chance to raise awareness for this important cause and thank Advancing Compassion Project for helping to support our efforts.”

“Zach Wahls is an inspiring example of a new generation of Americans bringing change to organizations like the Boy Scouts, which are not legally required to change their discriminatory policies, and so need to be shown the positive moral and ethical value of doing so,” said Tyler Dylan-Hyde, co-founder of Advancing Compassion Project. “With kids facing increasing pressures in our schools and society, and anti-LGBT bullying affecting so many youth, all of us have an obligation to help bring an end to policies that promote discrimination and tend to legitimize homophobia.”

In his recently-released book “My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family,” Zach explores the values he learned from his two moms, Jackie and Terry, which were further developed by his journey toward Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts’ highest achievement. As Zach explained in a recent interview: “I learned in the Boy Scouts that bravery is not the absence of fear but the mastery of fear. But as long as this policy remains the official position of the BSA, that lesson will ring hollow. I learned in the Boy Scouts the importance of standing up for what’s right.”

EVENT INFO AND Advancing Compassion Project Presents Zach Wahls and Scouts for Equality in a San Diego Forum on Sunday, September 23, 2012, 5:00-6:00 PM; book signing and opportunities for community discussion to follow.
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego at 4190 Front St. in Hillcrest (by UCSD Med. Ctr.)
Tickets: $10 Adult Advance Purchase / $15 Suggested Minimum at the Door, $5 Student/Youth; event proceeds to benefit Scouts for Equality.    
Book Signing: Zach will be available to personalize pre-ordered copies of his book “My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family” purchased for $25 in advance to support Scouts for Equality.
Advance tickets, books and additional event information are available through Advancing Compassion Project at http://www.advancingcompassion.org.

ABOUT SCOUTS FOR EQUALITY

Scouts for Equality was founded by Zach Wahls in 2012 to help end the Boy Scouts longstanding policy of barring openly gay individuals from participating in its programs at any level. By asking Boy Scout councils, troops, and parents nationwide to stand up against the National Board in protest of their discriminatory policies, Scouts for Equality is leading a respectful, honest dialogue with current and former Scouts and Scout Leaders about ending this outdated policy. More information about Scouts for Equality, and ways you can help, can be found on the web at http://www.scoutsforequality.com.

ABOUT ADVANCING COMPASSION PROJECT

Advancing Compassion Project (ACP) is a California-based nonprofit fostering innovation within community-based charitable organizations. ACP’s ProPhilanthropy initiative raises awareness and support for breakthrough projects addressing human, societal or environmental issues, and helps donors make contributions having more strategic and lasting value. Volunteers Changing Lives is an affiliated communitarian service program connecting ACP volunteers to targeted projects and other activities creating a positive impact within local communities. More information about ACP and its philanthropic and communitarian efforts can be found at http://www.AdvancingCompassion.org, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdvancingCompassion, and on Twitter at @HelpLoveGrow.

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