Hi, I'm Zach Wahls

Author | Advocate | Speaker

that's me

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What I'm Doing

Currently, I'm running Scouts for Equality, the campaign to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America.

If you'd like to get involved, please visit our website.

I'm continuing to speak at universities, political events, and business seminars across the country.

If you'd like to book a speaking engagement, learn more here.

You can find me ruminating on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Instagram, mostly in that order.

My social media stuff is up on the menu just above this. I'm far and away most active on Twitter.

I'm also producing The Rainbow Letters, a collection of letters written by the children of LGBTQ parents.

If you have one or more LGBTQ parents, I really hope you'll consider joining the project. Learn more on the website.

educational speaking

strategic thinking

writing the future

What I've Done

  • 10/29/14 - 10/29/14

    Launched the Rainbow Letters

    I currently serve as the Executive Producer of the project, which is collecting letters written by the children of LGBTQ parents about their experiences.

  • 10/22/14 - 10/22/14

    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's--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.

  • 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.

  • 5/17/14 - 5/17/14

    Completed my studies at the University of Iowa

    I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Sustainability Studies.

  • 5/23/13 - 5/23/13

    The 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.

  • 4/5/13 - 4/5/13

    Won the Harry S. Truman Scholarship

    The Truman Scholarship is a nationally-competitive scholarship for demonstrated leadership, public service, and academic achievement.

  • 6/6/12 - 6/6/12

    Co-founded Scouts for Equality

    SFE is the leading national campaign to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America.

  • 9/6/12 - 9/6/12

    Spoke in prime time at the Democratic National Convention

  • 4/26/12 - 4/26/12

    Appeared as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    He asked me to babysit his kids. Cross that off the bucket list.

  • 4/30/12 - 4/30/12

    Penguin Books published "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family"

    It quickly became a national bestseller.

  • 12/31/11 - 12/31/11

    "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"

  • 2/4/11 - 2/4/11

    "Zach Wahls Speaks About Family" hit 1M+ YouTube views

  • 1/31/11 - 1/31/11

    Testified before Iowa House Judiciary Committee

  • 8/24/09 - 8/24/09

    Enrolled at the University of Iowa

  • 7/15/09 - 7/15/09

    Founded Iowa City Learns LLC

    Iowa City Learns was our community's first peer tutoring company.

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