The Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Organization has announced its participation in the Icelandic Pride Parade, which will be held in Reykjavík next Saturday.
“We will have a float in the parade as we want to show that [the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Organization] is an open-minded and diverse movement,” said Inga Auðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir, former publicity officer for the organization, in an interview with visir.is. The scouts will wear their uniforms and rainbow-colored neckerchiefs.
Inga said the organization wants to reinforce their image as welcoming and non-discriminating, in contrast to how the U.S. branch has been covered in Icelandic media lately. The branch only recently lifted a ban on gay scouts and still bans gay scout leaders.
“The media hasn’t necessarily been the most helpful in showing that this is an open-minded movement, although organizations in the United States and elsewhere are often a bit behind the times,” she added.
Inga stressed that the movement is particularly concerned with upholding human rights, and that this move is a part of that central mission. “Now we want to be a part of the gayety, and participate properly,” she concluded.
The parade will depart from the BSÍ Bus Terminal at 2 pm next Saturday, August 9. Reykjavík Pride kicked off on Tuesday and will run through Sunday.