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GLAAD Slams Boy Scouts for Killing Local Board's Approval of Gay Scout's Eagle Award

GLAAD is blasting the Boy Scouts for rejecting a gay scout's application for Eagle scout one day after it was reported that a local board had unanimously approved the honor and forwarded it on to the national organization in defiance of the BSA's ban.

AndresenCNN reports:

John Fenoglio, Scout executive for the Mount Diablo-Silverado Boy Scout Council, said the Eagle rank application from Ryan Andresen of Moraga, California, wasn't approved because of "membership standards," specifically "duty to God, avowed homosexuality, and the fact that he is now over 18 years of age."

Contrary to some media accounts, Andresen's application wasn't approved by the local council in Contra Costa County, nor was it submitted to the Boy Scouts' national office, Fenoglio told CNN.

GLAAD is now saying that the national BSA came down hard on the local group, strong-arming it to reject Andresen's request, despite the fact that he has earned it:

According to Eagle Scout and Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls, the volunteer Eagle Board of Review traditionally has authority over Eagle applications, and, if approved, a Scout leaves that meeting with an understanding that he is an Eagle Scout. In Ryan's case, the board chair took an additional step, and received verbal confirmation from Scout Executive, John Fenoglio, that he would approve Ryan's application.

But Ryan's victory was short-lived, as Fenoglio, a paid employee of the BSA, reversed course and rejected the board's unanimously approved application -- an unprecedented action. Local Scout volunteers speculate that Fenoglio's decision was heavily influenced by BSA national.

"It's an unprecedented move," says Wahls. "It's clear that Fenoglio's reversal was forced by BSA national. He's a paid employee, and unfortunately, National exerts a lot of influence over their staff. His reversal, however, is most disappointing."


The Andresen family is devastated, but what hurts them more is that BSA national would rather soil the official Eagle application process and pit local paid staff against volunteer leaders, than allow a gay Boy Scout to be awarded an honor he's earned.

This marks the second time Ryan has been rejected by Scouting leaders he looks up to -- just because he's gay. To make matters worse, BSA Executives – the unelected, paid brass helming an organization that touts the principles of honesty and integrity -- continue to malign Ryan in the national media.

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  1. Is this an example of the gays wanting special rights, not equal rights? Because I keep looking for those examples and can't quite ever put my finger on one.

    Posted by: Cal | Jan 9, 2013 6:05:04 PM

  2. Are you kiddng us Cal? He doesn't want special rights. Read the article.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 9, 2013 6:27:07 PM

  3. Let's drop John a note asking what the truth is - did he back down; is he lying about what he represented to the review board?

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 9, 2013 6:29:56 PM

  4. Betty, reading comprehension please. You agree with Cal.

    Posted by: unruly | Jan 9, 2013 6:31:49 PM

  5. UNRULY: Cal should be less vague in is statements.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 9, 2013 6:38:41 PM

  6. So sad that kids get caught in the backwash of this ignorant organization. Why would any parent want his or her child to be a part of this?

    Posted by: Raybob | Jan 9, 2013 6:46:33 PM

  7. The way Cal has it phrased reads like he is coming from the perspective of asking if "the gays" want special rights. It's ambiguous the way the first sentence is asking the question. Better wording and phrasing may be in order.

    Posted by: DEAN | Jan 9, 2013 6:49:46 PM

  8. No, Cal is pretty clear.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 9, 2013 7:10:00 PM

  9. Why are the religious right so hateful ? This is a great kid who chose to be a scout and worked hard for this recognition. Would they rather he be out selling and using drugs on a street corner ?

    Right wing people as so horrible. No wonder the world is such a mess.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 9, 2013 7:10:22 PM

  10. BSA's reputation is severely damaged. If they are able to hold out against change for a couple more years, the thinking world's view of them will be so negative it will be impossible to recover. They are at the edge of oblivion.

    Posted by: Phil | Jan 9, 2013 7:17:14 PM

  11. Meanwhile, here in CA, the courts just ordered the BSA for LA to turn over its "Peversion files" as part of court testimony.

    The files show that the organization actively worked for years to conceal the truth about the real threats to children in its ranks.

    Shame on them.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jan 9, 2013 7:42:19 PM

  12. they don't care(to the post would they rather have him out doing drugs)in fact it would help justify their hatred...history will not look kindly on all this opression,esp from religious groups...

    Posted by: tom | Jan 9, 2013 8:00:34 PM

  13. They could have simply given him the award and also booted him out for being gay, which at least wouldn't have been as abusive as not giving a teenage boy an award he clearly earned.

    One solution might be to "reboot" the organization by cloning it with one difference: no discrimination. The new organization could be called the iScouts (where 'i' stands for "inclusive").

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 9, 2013 8:04:49 PM

  14. The Boy Scouts of America should officially be identified as a hate group. That's exactly what they are exposing - hate. All companies supporting BSOA through funding or other perks should be identified and boycotted.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 9, 2013 8:19:25 PM

  15. Did IQs drop sharply since I last read here? Cal was asking a rhetorical question. My God, what has become of the once vaunted gay sensibility?

    Posted by: arrant | Jan 9, 2013 8:20:49 PM

  16. "...honesty and integrity..." Sure thing (sarcasm)

    Posted by: ex scout | Jan 9, 2013 8:22:08 PM

  17. An absolutely disgusting group of people. They have decided to go to war against the gay community. And have thus turned the BSA into a political organization and puts parents and worse, KIDS, in the middle. And rejects LGBT KIDS. Kids who don't even know they're gay often until they've long been in the BSA. They're willing to throw kids under the bus to flaunt how homophobic they are.

    Honestly, at this point, it's the BSA's loss. I know many parents who are working from the inside trying to build support to get this law changed. They think that's the better way to go about it than boycotting. Regardless there is clearly a lot of outrage and BSA's position is becoming increasingly untenable. The combination of the boycotts, loss of corporation support and infighting will end up destroying this policy or outright splitting the BSA.

    Randall Stephenson takes over as the Boy Scouts' president in 2014. He's CEO of AT&T and he's very against the ban. The problem is a lot of members at the top of the food chain in the BSA are actually against the ban. But the Catholic, Mormon and Fundamentalist Christian churches WILL NOT allow the ban be changed and have outright said if it is changed that they will not support the BSA anymore. Remember, people, whenever there is an active war against the gay community, 9/10 times it's driven by religious fundamentalist(s).

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 9, 2013 9:10:26 PM

  18. Can the local council recognize him as an honorary Eagle Scout?

    Posted by: J Ascher | Jan 9, 2013 9:22:14 PM

  19. It is too late in the game for me to be feeling too much sympathy for these folks. The rules of the Boy Scouts are perfectly clear: NO GAYS ALLOWED. These rules will not change. Stop trying to teach the pigs to fly -- they don't have wings and your time is more profitably spent doing other things.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jan 9, 2013 9:24:37 PM

  20. I would like to see the local BSA council and membership leave the BSA en masse, and found a local chapter of any other scouting organization.

    It's time to stop playing the BSA's bigotry game, and leave them in the dust where they belong. That is the only action they will respect.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 9, 2013 10:55:04 PM

  21. VERY disappointing that the article does not remind the reader that a cabal of mormons and right-wing catholics has taken over the BSA board.

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 10, 2013 2:28:35 AM

  22. If this kid had kept his being gay to himself, he would have gotten all of his awards and whatnot. He decided to open his mouth and reveal something that HE KNEW that the scouts have been very, very clear about not tolerating. What did he think was going to happen? Did he think that just because he's been an exemplary scout that they would overlook it and honor him regardless? Are people THAT naive? He made his choice.

    Posted by: Tony | Jan 10, 2013 3:13:00 AM

  23. TONY - Change happens because people take risks and make sacrifices. Have you ever done either?

    This young man Ryan will be - is- a part of history now for having stood up against bigotry, no matter that it was announced ahead of time. The BSA is wrong. Ryan is right. That's all that matters.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 10, 2013 5:42:08 AM

  24. Quit playing their stupid games, eff them all, hypocrites who wouldn't know a logical contradiction if it kicked them in the butt. Ryan, shake the dust from your coat-tails and move on, the BSA aren't worth your time and effort.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Jan 10, 2013 10:17:38 AM

  25. TONY: d*mn that little trouble maker for being honest about who he is. Is he supposed to lie? The BSA touts honesty and's just a one way street with them I guess.

    Posted by: WOW | Jan 10, 2013 1:38:53 PM

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