Karen Andresen is fighting for her son Ryan after being refused his Eagle award because he came out, even though he spent 12 yrs working for his award.
Ryan joined the Boy Scouts when he was just 6 years old, Andresen says, “and since then, he’s dreamed of earning his Eagle Award — the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. Ryan just completed the final requirements to earn his Eagle Award. But because he recently came out to his friends and family as gay, leaders from our local Boy Scout troop say they won’t approve his Eagle Award.”
This mom-turned-activist has launched a Change.org petition to get her son his Eagle Award; she says that when leadership in Troop 212 in the San Francisco Bay area found out that Ryan was gay, the scoutmaster said he refused to sign the official paperwork designating Ryan as an Eagle Scout, even though Ryan had completed all of the requirements.
A Boy Scout gets his Eagle by earning many badges, completing all lower scout rank requirements, and carrying out an approved final project. It was a 12-year process for Ryan, and for his final project he built a “Tolerance Wall” for his school to show victims of bullying (like Ryan himself) that they are not alone. “Ryan worked countless hours with elementary students to amass a wall of 288 unique tiles, all illustrating acts of kindness,” says Andresen.
Some where Chuck Norris and Tony Perkins are sporting a chub over this hate…
To sign the petition, go to Change.org.