Watch: A Boy Scout Without A Badge
Funny how organizations like the BSA don't realize how they're working against themselves and towards their own irrelevance. Not necessarily funny ha ha.
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.
"This has been on my desk for the last 15-16 years. When I was awarded this medal in 1996, it really meant a lot to me, it was a true sense of achievement. If I can make him feel like he has some support out there, it’s worth it to me to send him a piece of medal. I’m not ashamed of who I am, he shouldn’t be ashamed of who he is. And even though it isn’t the same as receiving the award that he earned, I want him to know that there are people out there who support him.”
– Dr. Andy Zerbinopoulos, a Jacksonville, FL dentist talking to First Coast News about sending his Eagle Scout medal to Ryan Andresen after he was denied his medal and subsequently kicked out of the Boy Scouts for coming out.