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Ryan Andresen, Boy Scout Denied Eagle Scout Badge for Being Gay, Appears on 'Ellen': VIDEO


18-year-old Ryan Andresen, the Boy Scout who completed the requirements to earning an Eagle Scout award (including a "tolerance wall" for victims of bullying) and was then denied the award because he is gay, appeared on Ellen this afternoon. He told his story, introduced his amazing mom, and received a nice check to put toward his college education.

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Earlier today news broke that a Beverly Massachusetts Cub Scout pack has publicly rejected the BSA policy that bans gay scouts and scout leaders:

“We have been and will always be open and affirming, and will never turn our backs on a child or adult that seeks to embrace the core values found at the heart of Scouting,” Pack 4 Cubmaster Tony Gangi said. The pack’s committee, which has 11 members, voted unanimously to reject the policy last month. This week, the committee issued its own “statement of inclusion,” saying the benefits of Scouting “should be available to all children and their families, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

GLAAD adds:

More than 350,000 people have signed a petition started by Ryan's mom to allow her son to achieve the rank he worked so hard for. Those signatures join the more than 330,000 asking the BSA to reinstate Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell, who was kicked out as den leader of her son's scout troop because she is gay.

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  1. Good Ryan & Good Ellen!!!!! Heart is warmed :)

    Posted by: Toddb | Oct 11, 2012 4:50:56 PM

  2. Cried at the end. Couldn't help it.

    Posted by: jim | Oct 11, 2012 5:26:58 PM

  3. I don't know if giving money is a good thing. While I'm not questioning Ellen's generosity, I wonder if it trivializes things. It's almost as if people are being bought.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 11, 2012 5:29:18 PM

  4. Jason, please gather up the energy you use picking at things, and go pick at your local catholic and mormon churches -- tell them that taking over the BSA is not American of them

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 11, 2012 5:47:22 PM

  5. genuine emotion - NOT manufactured!

    Posted by: ACe | Oct 11, 2012 6:01:18 PM

  6. Awesome! Now have the footballplayer on who got kicked off his team for kissing his bf..Ellen is the new Oparh! make it happen!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Oct 11, 2012 6:07:00 PM

  7. oops! I meant Oprah.....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Oct 11, 2012 6:12:50 PM

  8. Take that close-minded America! Keep on making the heroes that our going to topple your reign of terror. What a great kid.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Oct 11, 2012 6:16:40 PM

  9. Ellen is no saint. She has supported the careers of homophobes and those who support homophobes. She had Usher on her show despite the fact that he had made some very homophobic comments about men. She had Rihanna on her show despite the fact that Rihanna had supported dancehall acts who sing about murdering gay people.

    Ellen should know better.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 11, 2012 6:19:46 PM

  10. This kid makes Betty Boop look butch, so I doubt anyone ever believed he wasn't gay. Why string him along the entire time and then say no way, gay at the finish line?

    Posted by: Himbo | Oct 11, 2012 6:26:06 PM

  11. Shut up Jason. Ellen has done way more than you to shine a spotlight on the courageous LGBTQ heroes out there than you will ever do sitting in your mother's basement passing judgement.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Oct 11, 2012 6:41:07 PM

  12. Awesome. I'm so happy for Ryan and others in his situation who now have a voice and aren't forced to go through hate in silence.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 11, 2012 6:41:30 PM

  13. "Jason" will now complain about how "effeminate" Ryan is and therefore a bad role model for young gay men.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 11, 2012 6:52:59 PM

  14. James,

    Ellen has done a lot to bring awareness but she also supported the careers of homophobes. There's a cognitive dissonance there. It's concerning.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 11, 2012 6:54:13 PM

  15. Jason (Rick): you ARE a homophobe. You don't just support them, you are one and are a troll so be gone!

    Posted by: MateoM | Oct 11, 2012 6:56:23 PM

  16. wow..such a sweetie... he deserves his pin. and good grief.. doesn't his mom look like Loretta Switt???

    Posted by: Poof | Oct 11, 2012 6:58:13 PM

  17. Jason,

    You seem to come on this site to admonish those who try to make a difference and yet offer no positive way for people to advance the cause of LGBTQ. Ellen has a platform to make things change and she uses it to great effect. You on the other hand offer nothing but bile. Go away.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Oct 11, 2012 6:58:18 PM

  18. Scouting is about creating a solid, ethical, honest and brave young man. Ryan is all of these and more. He's not a bigot, and he's braver than any of the people at BSA.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Oct 11, 2012 7:45:19 PM

  19. Dear Jason, you're right, Ellen is not a saint. But who is? Not me. And not you, I suspect. Ellen risked her lucrative television career by coming out on the cover of TIME magazine. And thanks to her courageous act, hundreds of thousands of gay kids will grow up and feel a little bit less alone. So what if she gave this brave young man some money to help him go to college? Good for her. No one is being bought. Someone is being rewarded for their integrity. Lighten up. Something good happened today. We need to celebrate that.

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 11, 2012 8:02:53 PM

  20. Ellen exploited the fact that she's a woman. If she were a man, she would never have gotten as far as she did.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 11, 2012 8:08:50 PM

  21. Lol at sniveling morons like Jason. Ellen has probably single-handedly done more to advance LGBT rights than any other person in history, ever. If she kept people like Usher off her show, she would just alienate her audience by seeming like an ideologue.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 11, 2012 8:23:06 PM

  22. Echtkultig,

    If Ellen had kept Usher and Rihanna off her show, it would have shown that she has principles. She failed us.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 11, 2012 8:36:15 PM

  23. The Boy Scouts need to stop being Communist and give the boy his pin, after all he did all the right things to get it.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 11, 2012 10:52:58 PM

  24. Why didn't he just become a Brownie?

    Posted by: GirlScoutCookie | Oct 12, 2012 12:12:07 AM

  25. What a sweet guy; authentic, and effing courageous.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Oct 12, 2012 12:57:55 AM

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