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PFLAG House Party Celebrates Progress

Parents of gay Eagle Scouts Lucien and Pascal Tessier host get-together for LGBT allies

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Metro DC PFLAG logo (credit: Metro DC PFLAG).

Metro DC PFLAG Board Member Tracie Felker and her husband Oliver Tessier, the parents of two openly gay Eagle Scouts, are hosting a party for the national organization’s local chapter at their Kensington (Md.) home on Nov. 18 to celebrate some of the progress made in terms of equality and awareness of LGBT issues in recent years. Felker and Tessier’s younger son, Pascal, became one of the first, if not the first, openly gay Boy Scout to achieve Eagle rank after the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) amended their policy to allow openly gay members while maintaining an existing ban on gay adult Scout leaders. 

As Metro Weekly previously reported, Pascal’s older brother Lucien, himself a gay man who attained the rank of Eagle Scout, started a Change.org petition urging BSA to remove the ban on gay Scouts. That petition, along with similar ones, attained more than 2 million signatures. Pascal previously sat down with Metro Weekly for an interview after the BSA changed its policy, thereby allowing him to move forward on his journey to complete the requirements necessary to become an Eagle Scout.

Felker and Tessier’s party will also provide PFLAG members and their allies to celebrate other victories. A few months ago, Metro DC PFLAG successfully pushed the Montgomery County Board of Education to approve revisions to its secondary school health education curriculum on sexual orientation and gender identity. Board of Education members Judy Docca, Mike Durso, and Jill Ortman-Fouse are also expected to attend, as well as other guests who have helped Metro DC PFLAG fight for inclusive policies for LGBT youth, according to PFLAG Advocacy Chair David Fishback, who is co-hosting the party with the Felker-Tessier family.

For more information on Metro DC PFLAG, visit pflagdc.org.

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John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com