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Teen Denied Eagle Scout for Being Gay

This is another example of institutional bullying…

This kid was involved in Scouting all his life.   Now, just as he has earned their highest level of achievement, they are turning on him because he is Gay.

This is the kind of kid who ought to be praised, not put down…

Please read the article, below, from RawStory.com and then sign his Mom’s petition at this link:  

http://www.change.org/petitions/boy-scouts-don-t-let-your-anti-gay-policy-deny-my-son-his-eagle-award

The Boy Scouts of America on Thursday said that they had denied a gay California teen Eagle Scout honors because he had not lived up to the principle of “duty to God” with his sexual orientation.The Scoutmaster for Troop 212 in Moraga decided that Ryan Andresen was “no longer eligible for membership in Scouting” after they learned he was gay, even though he had completed all of his requirements for Eagle Scout, including building a “tolerance wall” to honor those that had been bullied like himself.“I want everyone to know that [the Eagle award] should be based on accomplishment, not your sexual orientation,” Ryan Andresen’s mother, Karen, told NBC News. “Ryan entered Scouts when he was six years old and in no way knew what he was.”“I think right now the scoutmaster is sending Ryan the message that he’s not a valued human being and I want Ryan to know that he is valued … and that people care about him,” she added.Karen Andresen said that the Eagle Scout decision was “a total shock” because the scoutmaster was aware that her son had come out in July and had said nothing.

via Teen denied Eagle Scout for disobeying ‘duty to God’ by being gay | The Raw Story.

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I’ll Hold Your Hand

Great video from Ireland about standing up against people bullying Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered youth.

Beautifully done and very sweet….

The group driving this campaign is called BeLonGToYouthService…

Hat tip to Towleroad.com where I first saw it.

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E.M. Forster: It Gets Better

I’m currently reading the wonderful new biography, A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster by Wendy Moffat.

As you may recall, Forster was the author of the novels Howard’s End, A Passage to India, A Room with a View and, of course the posthumously published Maurice.

The book and his experiences at school as a young man in England at the turn of the 20th Century reminds me how timeless the fears of young people are and how prevalent “bullying” has always been for Gay people or people who are just a little different.

In light of the “It Gets Better” campaign to reassure young gays, lesbians and other victims of bullying, this passage, quoted from Forster’s diaries by Moffat, stood out:

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and bies:  school was the unhappiest time of my life, and the worst trick it played on me was to pretend that it was the world in miniature.  For it hindered me from discovering how lovely and delightful the world can be, and how much of it is intelligible.  From this platform of middle age, this throne of experience, this altar of wisdom, this scaffold of character, this beacon of hope, this threshold of decay, my last words to you are:  “there’s a better time coming.”

In other words:  It gets better.

Amen….

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