Gay Teen is Denied Scout’s Highest Honor

After 12 years of hard work and dedication, Boy Scout Ryan Andersen may not be awarded scouting’s highest honor, The Eagle Scout, solely because he is gay. Apparently the Boy Scouts of America has an anti-gay policy that was made public in 1992 and has had several revisions since then. Therefore, according to Yahoo News, Ryan’s scoutmaster has refused to approve his Eagle Scout Project.

When word of this craziness broke out, Ryan and his family were overwhelmed by the support of fellow scout members, Eagle Scout Alum, and other family and friends. An Online petition was started where over 350,000 people signed their support pushing troop leaders to grant Ryan the award he has so rightfully earned., the site where Ryan’s petition was set up reported that the “rapid response” seen for this petition is one of the biggest the site has seen in almost 4 years. Along with the online petition, Ryan’s father Eric even had to set up a post office box to hold all the supporter mail Ryan is receiving.

Hundreds of Eagle Scouts around the nation are stepping up and either turning in their medals to the BSA or giving them to Ryan to show their support. Other members of Ryan’s troop, Troop 212, set up a Facebook page to pledge their support to Ryan.

Individuals are rising up all around the nation in support of Ryan. It is crazy to think that in today’s society someone can be so heavily punished for practicing his or her right to live a free life. The Anti-gay policy of the BSA is totally uncalled for and should be completely removed from the BSA rules and guidelines.

The fact that Ryan was remained dedicated to this organization since he was 6 years old, and completed all the steps of becoming an Eagle Scout is remarkable. Even more remarkable is the fact that Ryan will not let anyone or anything stop him from being who he is. Knowing the Boy Scouts of America did not approve of gays, Ryan could have very easily hidden his true self. Instead he completed the tasks he was required to complete in order to achieve Eagle Scout, while still being himself. Hopefully the BSA will rethink their anti-gay policy and award Ryan with the award he has earned, but either way Ryan can take pride in staying true to his-self.

Sign the petition here.

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