Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on transgender boys
After intense public coverage of its removal of Joe Maldonado, the Boy Scouts reversed its position and announced it will accept the gender identity of boys as it is listed on their applications to the Scouts.
Fall 2016 - Expected Spring 2018
Began graduate school
In September 2016, I began a two-year Master in Public Affairs program at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Co-created The Woman Card[s]
My sister and I launched The Woman Card[s]—a deck of playing cards featuring original portraits of American women who changed the world. Learn more about the project at www.thewomancards.com
Elected to Scouts for Equality's Board of Directors
Boy Scouts of America ended blanket ban on gay adult members
Three years, one month, and twenty-one days after the founding of Scouts for Equality, the Boy Scouts of America's national executive board voted 79% in favor of immediately ending the BSA's decades-old blanket ban on gay adult members.
Boy Scouts President Dr. Robert Gates announced intent to end BSA's ban on gay adults
After a year of continued campaigning by Scouts for Equality, the President of the Boy Scouts announced his intend to end the organization's ban on gay adults.
Greater New York Councils defied BSA ban on gay adults
Scouts for Equality worked to help Pascal Tessier, an openly gay Eagle, find employment with the Boy Scouts of America.
Launched the Rainbow Letters
I co-created the project, which is collecting letters written by the children of LGBTQ parents about their experiences.
Keynoted the Iowa Women's Foundation annual luncheon
I was the first man and the youngest guest to ever keynote the signature event of the Iowa Women's Foundation, an immense honor.
8/30/14 - present
Returned to Scouts for Equality
After my time at the White House, I returned to Scouts for Equality full time as its executive director, and then as a member of its Board of Directors.
5/27/14 - 8/29/14
Interned at the White House
I worked in the White House Office of Communications during the summer of 2014.
Completed my studies at the University of Iowa
I graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with a BA in Sustainability Studies.
Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on gay youth
Less than a year after the formation of SFE, and just months after pledging not to relent, the BSA ended its 35-year-old ban on gay youth.
Won the Harry S. Truman Scholarship
The Truman Scholarship is a nationally-competitive scholarship for demonstrated leadership, public service, and academic achievement.
Spoke in prime time at the Democratic National Convention
Co-founded Scouts for Equality
SFE led the national campaign to end discrimination against LGBT people in the Boy Scouts of America and is continuing to work in support of LGBT people in Scouting.
Penguin Books published "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family"
It spent two weeks on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.
Appeared as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
He asked me to babysit his kids. Cross that off the bucket list.
"Zach Wahls Speaks About Family" announced as most-watched political video of 2011, with 18M+ views
7/10/11 - 12/9/11
Wrote "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family"
"Zach Wahls Speaks About Family" hit 1M+ YouTube views
Testified before Iowa House Judiciary Committee
Enrolled at the University of Iowa
Founded Iowa City Learns LLC
Iowa City Learns was our community's first peer tutoring company.