Hundreds of Eagle Scouts across the country have already returned their badges to the Boy Scouts of America over their anti-homosexuality stance, but one man didn’t just want to send the medal back to the BSCOA. Instead, he sent it to an openly gay teen who was denied the badge. Even though Ryan Andresen completed every task he needed to fulfill the requirements to be an Eagle Scout, his San Francisco troop leader denied him the highest honor, because the young man came out as gay. The story struck a chord with a dentist in Florida. “This has been on my desk for the last 15-16 years,” said Dr. Andy Zerbinopoulos. “When I was awarded this medal in 1996, it really meant a lot to me, it was a true sense of achievement,” he added. So, because the upstanding young citizen can’t earn his rightfully deserved achievement from the BSOA, Dr. Zerbinopoulos is going to send him his. “If I can make him feel like he has some support out there, it’s worth it to me to send him a piece of medal…I’m not ashamed of who I am, he shouldn’t be ashamed of who he is. And even though it isn’t the same as receiving the award that he earned, I want him to know that there are people out there who support him.” [FCN]
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