Boy Scouts of America ends 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 announces 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 defies 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 currently serve as the Executive Producer of 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.
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 from the University of Iowa with a BA in Sustainability Studies.
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.
Won the Harry S. Truman Scholarship
The Truman Scholarship is a nationally-competitive scholarship for demonstrated leadership, public service, and academic achievement.
Co-founded Scouts for Equality
SFE is the leading national campaign to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America.
Spoke in prime time at the Democratic National Convention
Penguin Books published "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family"
It quickly became a national bestseller.
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.