Almost-Eagle Scout Denied Award Because He is Gay

Friday, October 5, 2012

Ryan Andresen, 17, had recently completed the requirements to earn his Eagle Scout award which included his final project of building a “tolerance wall” for victims of bullying like himself, but his Scoutmaster would not sign off on honoring him with the Boy Scouts’ highest ranking because he is gay, his mother said.

And late Thursday, the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement that because of Andresen’s sexual orientation and that he did not agree to Scouting’s principle of “Duty to God,” but the Boy Scouts of America didn’t stop there. They said “he is no longer eligible for membership in Scouting” due to his sexual orientation.

The Boy Scouts of America have a longstanding, viciously homophobic policy denying membership to gay Scouts, which they reaffirmed earlier this year after a two-year confidential review of the controversial ban. The Scoutmaster for Troop 212 located in Moraga, CA (a San Francisco suburb), told Andresen’s father, Eric, the troop’s chief administrator, on Sunday that Ryan wouldn’t be ineligible to get the award, his mother, Karen, and Eric Andresen, told NBC News.

Karen Andresen, 49, a stay-at-home mother of three, said:

“I want everyone to know the Eagle award] should be based on accomplishment, not your sexual orientation. Ryan entered Scouts when he was six years old and in no way knew what he was. I think right now the Scoutmaster is sending Ryan the message that he’s not a valued human being and I want Ryan to know that he is valued and that people care about him.”

Karen, who had started an online petition calling for her son to receive his award, said some other troop leaders had supported Ryan’s bid for the Eagle Scout ranking.

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14 Responses to Almost-Eagle Scout Denied Award Because He is Gay

  1. Brigadoon says:

    The Boy Scouts policy toward gays is disgusting. I urge you to sign this petition. It’s already up to more than 26,000 people who support young Ryan.

  2. Zarathustra says:

    I was a Boy Scout from age 11 till I was amost 17…..I attended the 1957 Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge Pennsylvania. I Never made Eagle, but I did make it to being a ‘Life’ scout. I am now Officially ashamed of belonging to that once great organization. Isn’t it terrible when religion replaces decency……….

  3. Zarathustra says:

    That’s right folks…. in case you didn’t know, the MORMON F**KING church, Mitt ROMNEY’s church, now controls the BOY SCOUTS of America….. Imagine your country if Romney is elected next month…. It’s the END of AMERICA as we know it……………..

  4. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Ryan seems like a stand-up young man. His parents did a good job raising him and they’re obviously proud of him.

    To think a thug organization like the Boy Scouts of America could treat Ryan so sheepishly makes me sick to my stomach and yes, I signed the petition.

  5. Bart Simpson, you are WRONG. Homosexuality is a perfectly natural occurrence. What this young man is doing is being HONEST, with himself and those around him, about who he is.

    That being said, he knew of the BSA’s disciminatory policies when he announced his truth so he shouldn’t be surprised by the response that he has received. Why any parent would pay to have their young son associated with this antiquated and discriminatory organization boggles my mind.

  6. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    This blog entry makes me angry and sad at the same time.

    Angry, because no one should be the victim of a bigot — especially, a 17 year old boy who wants nothing more than to be a Boy Scout and, sad, because I can just imagine the hurt this kid and his family must feel.

  7. Harry says:

    Pedophile men who make up sizable portions of the Scouts leadership are suitable but a gay teen is a violation of their “Duty of God” pledge? Bullshit.

  8. Rachel says:

    Petition signed. I wish I could say I am surprised but the Boy Scouts are just as homophobic as is Chick-Fil-A.

  9. fran says:

    Oh Please! Playing he god card— just like the catholic church– the boy scouts were a safe harbor for sex offender criminals.

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-08-05/news/33052780_1_perversion-files-boy-scouts-scout-leaders

  10. feminazi says:

    As a parent, a grandparent and an aunt, I am filled with rage at the thought a member of my family could be treated so poorly by a bigoted organization as the Boy Scouts of America. Yes, they may be a private organization but they manner in which they treated this young man is immoral and not representative of America. Shame on the Boy Scouts.

  11. ChiTOM says:

    It’s quite a shocking statement in the second decade of the 21st century to see any U.S. organization behave like this, especially as it pertains to a minor and claim his existence violates “Duty to God.” This is an example of the American Taliban.

  12. Bart Simpson,

    I didn’t censor your comment as you allege — I banned you outright from my Blog. Your extremist, idiotic bigotry isn’t welcome here. Now, go play kick ball in rush hour traffic on a freeway.

  13. Tiny Dancer says:

    It’s nearly 2012 and a thread about “teh gays” still manages to attract the trolls? Oh well, thanks for banning them, Christopher. They’re such a bore.

  14. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    I missed the troll comment and I’m glad. Trolls on gay blog posts are almost always closet cases who hangout in Adult Bookstores but deny they like having a cock in their mouth.

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