For the first time in 112 years, the Boy Scouts of America double-tapped on history when it appointed Gary Carroll, the first Black and gay man to be theCEO of their Cascade Pacific Council. “Kids deserve to grow, learn, develop character and become tomorrow’s ethical leaders,” Carroll said in a press release last May.  He knows this first hand as a scout (he’s been active in scouting since grade school) and employee (he’s worked with BSA for 15 years). Carroll was chosen during a time when guidance is needed within the larger organization. “I’m not doing this because I’m gay, I’m not doing this because I’m Black. I’m not just letting the challenges that come with those two parts of my identity stop me from doing what’s important.” —K.M.
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