Gay Scout Gets $20,000 On Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ryan Andresen accepts contribution toward college on the national television show.


Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres praised Moraga Boy Scout Ryan Andresen and presented him with $20,000 for his college fund courtesy of Shutterfly

Andresen, 18, says Troop 212 officials denied him an Eagle Scout award because he had come out as gay to his troop. He appeared on the national show on NBC. The taped segment with Andresen is already posted on the show's website.

Andresen's Eagle Scout project was to design and install a 288-tile "tolerance wall" at Joaquin Moraga Middle School in Moraga. "All middle schools should have a tolerance wall," said DeGeneres.

The host told the story of Andresen's mom Karen, who organized a petition on Change.org (385,000 supporters and counting) urging the local troop to reject "the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policy."

"I love moms like that," said DeGeneres.

"I love you, Mom," said Andresen, looking out to the studio audience where his teary-eyed mom was sitting.

What do you think of this mom and son? And of the Scout's policies?


David Ross October 12, 2012 at 01:07 AM
And this concerns Castro Valley how? I look for local (i.e. Castro Valley) news on the CASTRO VALLEY Patch. It's getting to the point where if I miss reading the CV Patch I don't feel like I've missed anything.
grant ike October 12, 2012 at 01:45 AM
ross, you sound like a conservative republican...yeah this has nothing to do with the actually city of CV, but its not just the CV patch also this includes SLZ and San Leandro....now this article of this kids story is very relevant to CV,and SLZ and SLs' population this is an article about tolerance... this concerns every american citizens illegal or not. We must treat people like human beings. what if your child is gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/trans-gender. do you have tolerance in your heart?
x October 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
No kidding Ross. This kid is from Moraga, but I didn't see a post saying ... Bone fragment? She's from Hayward! or A's?? That's Oakland! Walmart?? Now you've gone to far! We don't have a Walmart anywhere here. We're all Mom and Pop in C.V.
jan October 12, 2012 at 06:46 PM
i see where you're coming from ross, im moving to cv and wanted to read about the town. it frightens me to think that cv may have many ppl that think like you do. i was a gs leader, we are to teach the children to be leaders and not discriminate over his sexual preference. his eagle award is based by his research, presentation and how well this bs executed his project. no where are we to judge on his sexual preference. did we take the priest' away from thier posts once they found out they were gay or even abused children...no...we are all created equal and should all be judged by our work and not preferences. rip off our skin, we all bleed like each other. i hope all my encounters in cv will be pleasant ones. aloha
Jason Discher October 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
News flash David, there are Boy Scouts in CV, and if you have been paying attention, we also have gays and lesbians in our community too. When a Boy Scout, that is also gay, is discriminated against, it is quite relevant to CV. I have been following this story since I saw it on facebook and can't wait to show my daughter the positive things that can come from standing up for yourself and fighting wrongs wherever they may be found.


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