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

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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 change.org 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. When the history books are written, Ellen is and will be known as an American hero.

    Posted by: Paul Leary | Oct 12, 2012 2:10:02 AM


  2. Jason is an idiot, isn't he? Way to go Ellen and Way To Go Ryan! I've signed the petition, shared this on Facebook, and hope that it will be one more nail in the coffin of the homophobia that still controls the Boy Scouts.

    Posted by: Steven Stanley | Oct 12, 2012 3:33:41 AM


  3. It's always pleasant to get good news and this was lovely. Well done to the young man and I hope he does get all he wishes for.

    Posted by: sam | Oct 12, 2012 6:44:48 AM


  4. Pay no attention to Jason -- he's obviously just interested in raining on the parade.

    Nice to watch in the morning. The kid deserves every good thing he gets, and his mom is a winner. And good for Ellen, using her show to spotlight the BSA's discrimination.

    Posted by: Hunter | Oct 12, 2012 7:52:50 AM


  5. As much as I'm glad this story is getting attention, the kid is not going to get his Eagle Scout badge and the Boy Scouts are not going to change their policy from this story. What we've been doing (calling out corporate donors) is far more effective and what will ultimately lead them to give into accepting gay men in their ranks. Stories like these just aren't going to do it.

    I also have to agree with Jason on his comments about Ellen. She is a major kiss-@$$ to anti-gay celebrities and that doesn't co-exist with promoting tolerance. We have to realize that Ellen is Hollywood (fake and self-absorbed) and relying on her to advance our causes is a useless pursuit.

    Posted by: Liam | Oct 12, 2012 11:18:35 AM


  6. Give him his pen, now. You go Ryan.
    We luv you......

    Posted by: John | Oct 12, 2012 3:42:23 PM


  7. The only way to change the hearts of closed minded people is to include them, much like Ellen does... so invite a homophobe to lunch someday and let them see you are no different than anyone else!

    Posted by: Marie Gibson | Oct 16, 2012 3:18:27 PM


  8. Do not forget people that this anti Gay bit by the Boy Scouts only took real effect when the Mormon Church took over the Boy Scouts by paying off the debts of chapters around the country. If Romney becomes President what else will the Mormon Church do to hurt Homosexuals as they will have full control of the President.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 23, 2012 12:09:18 AM


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