Episode #38

How the kid with two moms saved the Boy Scouts

Let's give Zach Wahls the merit badge for general awesomeness.
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Zach Wahls, as a teenage Eagle Scout, gave a speech that changed the nation. If you ever clicked the headline "Two lesbians had a baby, and this is what they got," that speech was what you got—a speech that shifted the way millions of people thought about marriage equality. But as it turned out, that speech was just his warm-up act. On the latest Good Fight, Zach Wahls tell his extraordinary story—a tale of family, growing up, and a David-and-Goliath struggle to rescue the soul of a great American institution. 

Originally posted on November 21, 2014


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Show Notes

  • That super cute and totally vintage Boy Scouts of America PSA at the start of the show? Here's where we got it
  • If you haven't already, watch Zach Wahls' testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee here. You won't regret it. Seriously, watch it. It went viral. Watch it. Now. 
  • After the aforementioned testimony went viral, Zach did the TV talk show round. Here he is on Ellen (!!!). 
  • Interested in buying Zach's book—My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family? Here it is
  • Check out the original Change.org petition — started by Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mom and former Cub Scout leader that the Boy Scouts kicked out because she's gay — that sparked the nationwide fight the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory policies. 
  • Watch Zach's speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention
  • Want to get involved in the fight? Support Scouts for Equality. Zach Wahls and his amazing team — Brad Hankins, Justin Bickford and Jonathan Hillis — would love you forever. 
  • This episode features two tracks from the soundtrack to the video game Fez, composed by Rich Vreeland a.k.a. Disasterpeace: Age and FormationsFor more great Disasterpeace tracks, visit his website. And buy his music.
  • The various foreboding, atmospheric music is by TGF producer Zach Young.
  • The cool piano song at the end of Act one is called Farmscrapers, by Dad Rocks! from their album Mount Modern.
  • The bluesy track in the intro is a cover of Bob Dylan's Leopardskin Pillbox Hat by Dmyra.

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