Derek Nance, program director at Mataguay Scout Ranch, came out gay to his scouting family in an It Gets Better video posted on YouTube.

In the video, Nance, an Eagle Scout, acknowledged the Boy Scout of America's ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

“[T]he time will come when LGBT Scouts can openly serve on summer camp staff and participate in the scouting program. But for now the most important thing we can do is talk about the issue.”

“I am gay,” he added. “I'm open to all my friends and family in real life but to the people I truly feel closest to, I've had to remain distant.”

“Which is why I've chosen this moment to open up to them, and to every other staff member of the Boy Scouts of America who is in the same position I am in. The only way we will change the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policies is if those of us who are on the front lines representing them to thousands of scouts every single summer start engaging in some open dialogue on this issue. Lawsuits from the ACLU or 'confidential reviews' by the Boy Scouts are not going to change policies. The first step to coming to an agreement on this issue is to drop the old pretenses and stereotypes and to start actually talking.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)