Ballard Film Students Release Boy Scouts Doc ‘Clipped Wings’

Photo: Steph Brusig/The Seattle Lesbian

Photo: Steph Brusig/The Seattle Lesbian

Award-winning Ballard High School film students Leo Pfeifer, Duncan Gowdy and Coleman Andersen created the documentary Clipped Wings about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)’s decision to allow gay youth to participate last year.

This new law made it possible for Boy Scouts like Liam Easton-Calabria, an out gay youth, to become eligible to receive the highest BSA rank, Eagle Scout.

While this new law is historic and great progress, it doesn’t include gay adults. When Easton-Calabria turns 18, he will be kicked out of the Boy Scouts, similar to Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath who was faced with membership revocation when he came out.

McGrath and Easton-Calabria got together with GLAAD in Seattle and delivered a petition with more than 125 thousand signatures asking Amazon to suspend its support to the Boy Scouts until equality is reached.

Clipped Wings delves into the story of these two and their injustices trying to participate in Boy Scouts.

Between Pfeifer, Gowdy and Andersen, they have been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and with films in regional, national and international festivals.

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