Activist of the Year - David Knapp

David Knapp served for ten years as a professional Boy Scout District Executive, and also volunteered as a District Commissioner working with adult Scout leaders beginning in 1987.  He also served on the National Scout Jamboree Staff with 35,000 Scouts in 1989 and 1993. In 1978, he was the Connecticut Chairman of Scouting For All to combat the BSA on their new policy prohibiting gay youth and leaders.  He was also the main witness for the state Human Rights Commission against the BSA in the Connecticut state employees case regarding United Way deductions going to the BSA, going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court after six years, leading to a decision against the BSA, although this was nullified by the James Dale Case which decided the BSA can discriminate.  He also wrote and introduced a resolution condemning the BSA policy for the Connecticut Annual Conference of the United Church of Christ and the National Synod for the United States, both of which passed with overwhelming votes.  In 1993, he was expelled from the Boy Scouts of America because he was outed by one of his step-daughters; although he was reinstated as a member of the Connecticut Yankee BSA Council and is on the Boy Scout Committee to promote Scouting in all U.C.C. churches.  His personal BSA story is in two books, Stories from the Other Side by Frank Crowley and Time To Live: Seven Tasks of Creative Aging by Robert Raines.  His accomplishments include being state and outreach coordinator for the Stonewall Speakers since 1996; founding the Shoreline PFLAG chapter in Madison, founding and serving on the board of GLSEN in Connecticut; and being responsible for the 1000 member First Congregational Church of Guilford becoming Open and Affirming, and for a fraternity at Wesleyan pledging gay students.