Mike De Socio — Morally Straight: How the Fight for LGBTQ Inclusion Changed the Boy Scouts - with Sonia Rao — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Monday, June 10, 2024 - 7:00pm

Weaving in his own experience as a scout and journalist, Mike De Socio's Morally Straight tells a story that plays out over the course of twenty-five years, beginning in an era when gay rights were little more than a cultural sideshow; when same-sex marriage was not even on the radar; and when much of the country was recommitting to conservative social mores. It was during this treacherous time that accidental activists emerged, challenging one of America's most iconic institutions in a struggle that would forever change the country's view of gay people and the rights they held in society.

In Morally Straight we meet James Dale, the poster child of Scouting who took his fight for inclusion to the Supreme Court; Steven Cozza, the 12-year-old scout in California who started a movement for inclusion called Scouting for All; Jennifer Tyrrell, the lesbian den mother whose expulsion from the Scouts reignited the gay membership controversy; Zach Wahls, the son of lesbian moms who led the final push for policy change; and an array of other previously unknown Scouters who played smaller--but no less crucial--roles in the fight for full inclusion.

Through original interviews and reporting, Morally Straight braids together these characters and brings to life their collective struggle. This is an essential narrative in the American LGBTQ+ rights movement--and a truly American story about the fight for a better future for our nation's bedrock youth organization.

Mike De Socio is an independent journalist based in upstate New York who writes about cities, climate change, and the LGBTQ+ community. His work has been published in the Washington Post, Bloomberg, the Guardian, Fortune, Insider, Xtra, YES! Magazine, and more.

De Socio will be in conversation with Sonia Rao. Rao is a reporter at The Washington Post, where she primarily covers entertainment and dabbles in food writing. Originally from the Midwest, she spent a few years in New England — at Boston University and the Boston Globe — before moving to Washington, D.C.

This event is free with first come, first serve seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Morally Straight: How the Fight for LGBTQ+ Inclusion Changed the Boy Scouts—and America By Mike De Socio Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781639363858
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Pegasus Books - June 4th, 2024