Ryan Andresen, Gay Teen, Denied Eagle Scout Honor
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ABC News brings us the perplexing story about 17-year-old Ryan Andresen, who worked hard toward his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout -- he earned all the badges needed and recently finished his final project. Ironically enough, that project was a tolerance wall made out of tiles with anti-bullying messages, which hangs inside his school.
Sounds like a model scout, right?
Well, the Boy Scouts of America don't think so. According to ABC, the Eagle Scouts are denying the teen Eagle Scout status after learning about his sexuality. Nobody in Troop 212 will talk to the press, however, Scout executive John Fenoglio released a statement, which explained that Ryan "does not meet Scouting's membership standard on sexual orientation."
Ryan's mother, Karen, is hoping to convince the organization to change its anti-gay policy; she started a petition on Change.org, which has already garnered tens of thousands of signatures.
According to mom:
It hurts me so much to watch Ryan suffer for being who he is, because to me, he's perfect. Ryan has worked for nearly 12 years to become an Eagle Scout, and nothing would make him more proud than earning that well-deserved distinction. I hope that if enough people come together, we can convince my son's troop leaders to help him feel proud of who he is and all he's accomplished.If you think Ryan deserves his Eagle Scout honor, then feel free to sign here.