Ryan Andresen: Father of Gay Boy Scout to Rally at S.F. City Hall Today
Later this month,the Boy Scouts of America's National Council will whether to ban banning gays, and already Eric Andresen, the father of Ryan Andresen, a East Bay boy scout who was denied his Eagle Award because he's gay, is motivating the masses.
Later today, Eric Andresen will gather with other supporters at San Francisco City Hall for a short rally urging the BSA to put an end to its discriminatory policy against gay youth. He will be joined by Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls and fellow Scouts and Scout leaders in San Francisco.
At the 4 p.m. event, Eric Andresen will speak on behalf of his son, Ryan, who in October was denied his Eagle Scout award because he is gay. The snub made national news (Ryan went on the Ellen Show), and put pressure on the organization to reverse its longstanding policy against gays.
"I'm joining Scouts, Scout leaders, and Scouting parents at San Francisco City Hall to send a message to the Boy Scouts of America: it's time to end discrimination in Scouting," said Eric Andresen, who along with his wife Karen, launched a petition, which garnered some 475,000-plus signatures. "My son was not the first Boy Scout to be denied his Eagle award because of his sexual orientation, but hopefully he will be the last."
In March, the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council, which had initially rejected 18-year-old Ryan Andresen's Eagle Scout application, became the first Boy Scout council to publicly urge the Boy Scouts of America to end the national anti-gay policy.
Currently, the Boy Scouts of America is considering a proposal that would end the ban on gay youth, but maintain a ban on gay adult leaders and parents. That decision will be made on May 23 when the national council meets in Texas.
If you want to see the ban end and you have not yet signed the petition, do it now.