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Helping PFLAG Earns Eagle Scout Rank

By Charlotte Robinson, October 30, 2020

Transgender PFLAG teen Beatrix Jackman in Austin, Texas is among the first female Scouts to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. The teen passed her board of review on Oct. 1st to become one of the inaugural female Eagle Scouts. Having been active with PFLAG since she came out as transgender Jackman focused her service project on supporting PFLAG Austin by sourcing, creating & distributing self-care kits. Jackman stated, “It was important to do this project for PFLAG because they helped save my life & assisted my mom in becoming the supportive ally she is today.” Anna Nguyen, President of PFLAG Austin stated, “We are very proud to have been a part of Ms. Jackman's journey & we are happy to have assisted her in her challenge of becoming one of the first female Eagle Scouts. When Beatrix first came out, she & her mom came to our support groups. As with many other families with a newly out transgender child, they found a supportive, empowering, comforting environment in our support groups, as well as useful information & beneficial anecdotes from other parents & others in the queer community. Now, through her Eagle project, she has given back to help others feel supported, too.” Brian K. Bond PFLAG National Executive Director concluded, "Community service is core to the mission of Scouting & for years PFLAG has advocated for LGBTQ+ youth to be included in that mission. We are very proud of Beatrix & all the transgender & LGBTQ+ Scouts who demonstrate that a leader is a person whose skills & passion, inclusive of their sexual orientation & gender identity, are driven to serve." For More Info: pflag.org

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