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Zach Wahls to speak in San Diego this weekend

SAN DIEGO -- Zach Wahls, the man whose impassioned three-minute speech on marriage equality to the Iowa legislature, which became viral on YouTube with over 17 million views, will be in San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 23, for a book signing and community discussion.

Wahls will discuss his book "My Two Moms" at the event, which is being hosted by the Advancing Compassion Project and Scouts for Equality.
He will address the anti-LGBT policies of the Boy Scouts of America.

Event organizers hope the event will bring light to the impact of the Boy Scouts' ban on gay Scouts and LGBT leaders and how to bring change to a national organization that influences millions of American youth.

Wahls' recently formed “Scouts For Equality” seeks to help end the anti-LGBT policies of the Boy Scouts of America.

“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,” Wahls said. “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,” Wahls 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 Whals 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 details

Advancing Compassion Project Presents Zach Wahls and Scouts for Equality in a San Diego Forum on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 5-6 pm. Book signing and opportunities for community discussion to follow.

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.

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego is located at 4190 Front St. in Hillcrest.

Tickets: $10 adult advance purchase / $15 suggested minimum at the Door, $5 Student/Youth; event proceeds to benefit Scouts for Equality.

Advance tickets, books and additional event information are available through Advancing Compassion Project HERE.

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.