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Gay teen denied Eagle Scout submits petition asking Boy Scouts to change policy

Gay teen from Moraga denied Eagle Scout submits petition asking Boy Scouts to change policy
Queer as a three dollar bill.

A gay teenager denied his Eagle Scout award because of his sexuality turned in an online petition with more than 400,000 signatures Wednesday urging the National Boy Scouts of America to change its policies against allowing gay members. Ryan Andresen of Moraga marched into the front office of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council on Ellinwood Way along with his parents and a former member of the same Boy Scout troop who came out as gay two weeks ago. Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, also attended and presented Andresen with a resolution honoring his achievements with the Boy Scouts.

“It went about as expected,” the 18-year-old said of the meeting with Alan T. Young, the program director for the Council, which oversees Andresen’s troop. “I did get a chance to ask what I wanted. I didn’t choose my sexuality, just like he didn’t choose his. So I asked what made me any less adequate than him. He didn’t answer. That says a lot.”

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