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Lesbian den mother ousted by Boy Scouts speaks out at GLAAD awards

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jennifer Tyrrell, the volunteer den mother to her son’s Cub Scout chapter who was ousted from her position because she is gay, spoke out against the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay discrimination at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday.

Tyrrell told the star-studded GLAAD audience that it was time for her and her family to stand up for what’s right.

“My son and other boys in his pack are becoming leaders, and that has nothing to do with my sexual orientation,” Tyrrell said.

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Tyrrell said all she wants is to return to her “life of merit badges and knots” in the Scouts, and one day watch her son Cruz grow into a leader.

To date, more that 129,000 people have signed Tyrrell’s petition at Change.org calling for the Boy Scouts to dump its anti-gay policy.

The Boy Scouts of America has previously defended its policy as a First Amendment privilege, and the Supreme Court agreed with that argument in 2000.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. that is messed up.

    Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:01pm
  2. scumbag homophobic pigs

    Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:02pm
  3. Give em hell Jen!

    Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:04pm
  4. YOU TELL THEM!!!

    Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 8:33pm
  5. Rediculas…..boy girl scouts is obviously the more “in tune ” organization

    Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:11pm
  6. YOU GO, GIRL!! RIP ‘EM APART!!!! :)

    Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:43pm
  7. Rip em a new one -.-

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 12:29am
  8. Stand Up for your rights Don’t give up the fight…Bob Marley!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 4:14am