Former Eagle Scout James Dale says sharing our stories can make a difference in changing the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) policy banning gays.

Dale joined the Scouting program at the age of 8 and earned an Eagle Scout Award in the fall of 1988. In 1990, while a student at Rutgers University, Dale became the co-president of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Alliance. After he was quoted as stating that he was gay in an interview with the Newark Star Ledger, scouting officials promptly expelled him from his position as assistant Scoutmaster for violating the policy.

Dale sued the organization (Boy Scouts of America v. Dale). But in 2000, the Supreme Court narrowly sided with the Boy Scouts of America, overturning a lower court's decision.

On Thursday, the BSA will consider whether to lift its ban on the participation of openly gay youth during a 2-day meeting in Dallas, Texas. The Boy Scouts plan to continue their ban on gay adults.

In a 2-minute video, Dale urges others to share their stories.

“I think that change only happens when you kind of share your story and share your voice and let that be heard,” Dale says in the video. “Not to sort of sit and accept any type of discrimination. Sort of make change for the positive.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)