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Diablo Magazine Has Profile of Gay Scout

'This isn't over,' vows Karen Andresen, mom of Moraga Boy Scout Ryan Andresen, in long feature in magazine's January issue.

Diablo magazine has an 'Excluded' exclusive.

That's the title of the magazine's profile of gay Boy Scout Ryan Andresen, whose quest for an Eagle Scout badge took a couple sharp turns Tuesday, and his mom Karen Andresen, both of Moraga.

"This isn't over," Karen Andresen says in the Diablo piece by Peter Crooks. "They messed with the wrong mom."

at the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council of the Boy Scouts in Pleasant Hill, said he would not approve the council board's recommendation to approve Andresen's merit Eagle badge and forward it to the national office.

In the magazine profile, Karen Andresen tells about Ryan's anxiety about hazing at a Scout troop trip to the Sierras several years ago.

Ryan Andresen's Eagle Scout project was designing and executing a 288-tile "tolerance wall" that now hangs on a building at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in Moraga. He raised about $500 to pay for materials in the tolerance wall.

KMC January 10, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I'm glad to see Diablo Magazine standing up for a local kid who's been betrayed and treated abominably by the adults he looked up to. Ryan deserves all our support. Ask any kid old enough to be aware of the issue what they think about this and they'll tell you they could care less if a boy is gay (or for that matter black, latino, whatever). What they care about is his character, who he is inside and how he treats others. Every teen I've talked with supports Ryan 100%. We can all learn from their example. It's a shame (literally) that attitudes like those of the scouts only seem to change when one generation passes away and a new one takes its place.
Karen Alberts January 10, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Who, Peter Crooks? I sure hope you're not saying that about Ryan, who you obviously don't know!

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