Demand Boy Scouts Stop Denying Honors to Gay Students

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Target: Boy Scouts of America

Goal: Award Boy Scout with Eagle Scout honors after he was denied for being gay

A young teenage boy has been refused honors after completing the requirements for an Eagle Scout Award because he recently came out as gay. The Boy Scouts of America is becoming more infamous for their discriminatory policies against openly gay students. This must stop.

Such discrimination sends a public message to younger generations telling them that homosexual people are deviants that pervade society, but do not belong in organizations like Boy and Girl scouts. This prejudiced and severely hurtful message has serious repercussions for those who struggle to be accepted by others due to their sexual preference. In many cases, discrimination results in low self-esteem, depression, and even suicide. Tell the Boy Scouts of America to stop perpetuating negativity and treat all human beings as equal. Their present actions are veering towards criminal.

The teenager, Ryan Andresen, joined Boy Scouts when he was six years old. For years, he worked hard to progress from five lower ranks and earn the 21 merit badges needed to gain the prestigious title. Scouts are also required to serve six months in a leadership position, and Ryan did this too. For his final project, he worked with a group of elementary school children to build a “Tolerance Wall,” a composition of 288 tiles that depict various illustrations of kindness.

It is ironic that such a student who has accomplished so much is denied his honor due to the severe prejudice of the association. His mother said, “I want everyone to know that [the Eagle award] should be based on accomplishment, not your sexual orientation.”

It is important that tolerated discrimination be ended in the Boy Scouts of America. With continued support for gay students and a loud shout against these injustices, there is hope that this organization may one day promote equality and fairness. Sadly, for now, Boy Scouts is gaining a negative reputation for its discriminatory policies.

Tell the organization that discrimination is wrong, and urge them to award Ryan with his due honor, as well as many other gay students who have suffered at the hands of this hateful bias.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Boy Scouts of America,

Within the past decade, you have become infamous for your disgusting prejudice against gay people. Your program is so biased that it denies these students their rightful honors because of their sexual preference. This is an abomination. Undoubtedly, you have been the recipients of many a cry for reform, but you refuse to change your policies because of deep-rooted bigotry that only serves to harm others.

Specifically, you have denied a young boy, Ryan Andreson, his rightful award for meeting substantial requirements to become an Eagle Scout. It would be a violation of equality to deny him this honor, and I urge you to change your policy and put a permanent end to homophobic mandates that strip young people of titles they have earned through hard work and perseverance, both qualities Boy Scouts of America supposedly promotes. In the words of Ryan’s mother, base your awards on accomplishments, not sexual orientation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Washington Times

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