Morally Straight: How the Fight for LGBTQ+ Inclusion Changed the Boy Scouts--And America

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Pegasus Books
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5.83 X 9.06 X 1.57 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Mike De Socio is an award-winning independent journalist who writes about social justice and solutions. He grew up in New Jersey, where he became an Eagle Scout, and later earned a degree in journalism from Boston University. His work has been published in the Washington Post, Bloomberg, the Guardian, Fortune, Xtra, YES! Magazine, and more. He now lives with his partner in upstate New York.
"From its opening pages, Morally Straight hooks you and never lets you wriggle off. Deftly weaving together the inspiring if often heart-breaking stories of the courageous individuals who fought back against the discriminatory and exclusionary policies of the Boy Scouts of America, Mike De Socio crafts a thoroughly absorbing and poignantly personal narrative that underscores the power of social activism to transform even the most iconic and intransigent of institutions. This is a must read for anyone, which should be everyone, who cares about the past, present, and future of the battle for LGBTQ+ inclusion."

--Richard J. Ellis, author of Judging the Boy Scouts of America: Gay Rights, Freedom of Association, and the Dale Case
"With masterful reporting and gripping prose, 'Morally Straight' reveals the futility of trying to defeat people who've been trained as champions of right over wrong, to occupy the high ground, and to lead with honor and integrity. Mike De Socio has written a powerful and essential history for anyone who cares about justice and creating change."--Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author of 13 Hours and Lost in Shangri-La.
"A former Boy Scout analyzes how the group has evolved across tumultuous decades of LGBTQ+ exclusion. An inspiring report on how a quintessentially American youth organization finally exercised queer inclusivity."--Kirkus Reviews
"Taking its title from the Boy Scout Oath, Morally Straight weaves detailed journalism and De Socio's deeply personal memories in its recounting of the effort to lift bans on LGBTQ+ Boy Scouts and their leaders. Morally Straight is both clear-eyed and optimistic. BSA is now a broader tent, accepting gay, trans, and even female Scouts. But, as De Socio's own experiences show, it still grapples with how to give its members the space and tools to remain true to who they are."--Bookpage