January 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm EST | by Phil Reese
Gay Scout’s Eagle application accepted
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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Andresen, who gained national attention when his Eagle Scout application was initially rejected by the Mt. Diablo-Silverado council after he came out as gay, has now been granted the rank of Eagle Scout by the same council, challenging the national organization’s stance.

“It’s the first in-your-face [challenge],” Bonnie Hazarabedian — who chaired the Boy Scout district review board that signed off on Ryan’s Eagle Scout application — told Reuters. “I don’t think sexual orientation should enter into why a Scout is a Scout, or whether they are Eagle material.”

“We felt without a doubt he deserved that rank,” Hazarabedian added.


  • Congrats Ryan & to the BSOA district for making the right decision by acknowledging your accomplishments by bestowing the new rank.

  • NO Kidding. I guess tee boy scouts – some of them realize that they don't want to be renamed the Bigot Scouts.

    BTW if the scouts had openly gay people in it back some time ago, perhaps Russell Henderson – an eagle scout – would have stopped his lame brain pal McKinney from murdering Matthew Shepard in Whyoming in 10-1998., instead of participating in the murder.

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