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Thousands sign petition protesting Boy Scouts’ dismissal of lesbian den mother

Saturday, April 21, 2012

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio — More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Boy Scouts to reinstate a volunteer den mother who was ousted from her position because she is gay.

Jennifer Tyrrell of Bridgeport, Ohio was told on April 10 that she would no longer be able to serve as a den leader of her son’s Cub Scout chapter.

Jennifer Tyrrell

According to Tyrrell, who has served as a den leader for more than a year, the revocation of her membership came shortly after she was elected treasurer of her pack and uncovered inconsistencies in the pack’s finances.

“Within a week of reporting these findings to the council, I received notice that my membership had been revoked, based on my sexual orientation, citing that due to being gay, I did ‘not meet the high standards of membership that the BSA seeks,’” Tyrrell wrote in the petition that she launched at Change.org.

But Scout leadership said it their decision was “solely based on her sexual orientation.”

“We do not grant membership to individuals who are opened or avowed homosexuals,” said Bob Drury. Drury is the scout executive for the Ohio River Valley.

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“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to develop character and leadership skills and the youth of today to become leaders of tomorrow,” Drury said. “Anything that distracts from that mission distracts from what our program is.”

via: WTOV-TV

GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, this week joined Tyrrell in calling on the Boy Scouts to change its policy that prohibits LGBT people from serving as troop den leaders.

“The Boy Scouts of America is one of the last cultural institutions to categorically discriminate against LGBT Americans,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick.

“Sending the message to America’s youth that they or their parents are somehow less than everyone else is dangerous, inaccurate and should be changed immediately,” Graddick said.

Tyrrell said her biggest concern is that her scouts “will think that I abandoned them because they don’t understand.”

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41 more reader comments:

  1. ppl piss me off

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:27pm
  2. beautiful!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:28pm
  3. Listen here boy scouts we may be different just by the people we love but that does not mean we are going to put others people in danuger. I was a boy scout but I had to leave due to the fact that I am guy male.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:29pm
  4. BOY SCOUTS SUCK

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:29pm
  5. thay are a hate group but im glad to see that people relize it and are doing something about it!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:30pm
  6. Damn right people are signing it! What the Boy Scouts did was wrong!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:30pm
  7. Yet another reason I don’t support boy scouts and haven’t for years.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:30pm
  8. As a former Boy Scout, (Troop 50 Wethersfield, CT Rank: Life, Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader) I am apalled by this discrimmination against LGBT scouts, children, parents, staff, or leaders. Scout Values should not promote divisiveness or the reinforcement of second-class citizenship.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:33pm
  9. so sad hatred it taught by parents hope the children dont follow in their parent bad ways

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:33pm
  10. It’s a shame they are so foolish as to be taken down by this.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:34pm
  11. It is just wrong…..the public needs to quit supporting them and start an all inclusive group.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:35pm
  12. Not right at all. Just because they’re gay doesn’t mean they can’t be leaders for tomorrow.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:35pm
  13. that is sooo worng there is nothing worng with being gay and being a den mother thats messed up

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:37pm
  14. that’s fucked…

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:38pm
  15. Ummmmm, excuse me boyscouts! But just because someone is gay, does not make them a pedophile or lacking in the abilities to be a troop leader! If anything, gay/lesbian troop leaders would be better, as they would also teach inclusion and acceptance of others!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:40pm
  16. I find this ironic because Buck Angel (who is a transsexual porn star) was a Girl Scout in his youth, kinda messed up if you ask me…

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:44pm
  17. Where do I sign?!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:48pm
  18. we pulled our grandson out of Boy Scouts cuz of being blownin off, he is 6 . did not want him to be teased or bullyed, by others, after paying all that money for him to join, now we had to let him down n lie to him and say it was over.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:49pm
  19. I signed for you hun u gooooooo

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:50pm
  20. I (a lesbian) was a den mother when my son was in cub scouts. I raised my son to be a fine man and to value all people….not to be closed minded like the boy scouts. We dropped THEM because of their beliefs that was in the 80′s shame on the boy scouts!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:51pm
  21. they had cases of pediphile inside boy scouts troops and know of chid molestation among them for a fact (family molested by some eagles) and they worried for a lesbian. all the molersers inside churches and boy scouts are straight not gay. shame on you boy scouts

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:51pm
  22. there homophoics organtation what you expect

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:57pm
  23. We are not monsters, i dont understand, we are still human beings!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:02pm
  24. Am I the only one that finds this ironic because famous transsexual porn star Buck Angel was a Girl Guide in his youth???

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:05pm
  25. - I think the BSA gets way too much public respect and assumption of their civic goodness, and I am tired of them being regarded as a junior ROTC and honour guard at all-community events. If they are a public national-level organization then they should be abiding by all applicable non-discrimination ordinances where they operate plus those implicit within the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights – and if they are a private organization (w/ the right to discriminate as they choose) then communities should not be automatically supporting them by including them as a matter of course in parades, holiday events, patriotic national observances, etc. – nor should the U.S. Government be /allowed/ to give them any special recognition or promotional visibility when they are flagrantly not abiding by clear civic non-discrimination regulations. And the same applies to any “private” organization that abuses civic hospitality and exploits assumptions that they are somehow indispensible to the fabric of civic life & yet needn’t play nice with others because of assumedly-sacred prejudices. There must be separation of Boy Scouts and State, and they need to prove themselves on the same footing as every other /private/ (and moreover, openly sectarian) organization.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:10pm
  26. Well said Kagen!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:16pm
  27. I am outraged at the dismissal of the Den Leader. I am an Assistant Den Leader for my sons pack and have brought up various topics to our Pack….faith, family dynamics….I don’t believe the BSA should discriminate against anyone for anyone

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:34pm
  28. for any reason. Not everyone involved in Scouting believes like this Chapter. I will not teach my boys to disricminate against anyone. There are some good people involved that remember it’s about the boys.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:36pm
  29. Howridiculous, dismissing her because she is a lesbian. So what? She didn’t harm anyone and anything. Being gay/bi is a personal characteristic that in and of itself is quite alright and natural. One’s sexual orientation is part of the make up of some people, just like some people prefer spicey food or not. A personal preference that people are born with that is part of the personality spectrum of a being. That den mother needs to have her position given back to her and at least recievea formal official (perhaps public) apology.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:58pm
  30. The Scouts have completely blown it at choosing the correct side of history here. Stop appeasing bigots and include every boy and every family in the Scouts! Goodness, it’s embarrassing.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 6:03pm
  31. i ca’nt believe that the united states OF america will do the undo the boy scouts of america for being one nation under there GOD. wtf!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 6:17pm
  32. I was a cub and boy scout and was inches away from eagle. I no longer freely admit to being associated with scouting due to my shame and embarrassment the organization has brought upon itself.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 6:59pm
  33. My 9 year old son is thinking if his two moms are not welcome, that is totally whacked. Rural Ohio is changing, but maybe not fast enough.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7:36pm
  34. Kim Bendig-Soik I was told not to bring my son back to Boy Scouts because he drew a picture of his family which included his 2 Moms….that was years ago & still burns my butt to this day!!! Their excuse was the other boys wouldn’t understand & it would cause problems with other parents when they asked questions :(

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7:44pm
  35. theres more child abuse in cub scouts, and all those other boy camping organizations than the entire catholic church…

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 9:42pm
  36. they just didnt want to be shown up by a woman, her boys were probably kickin ass on all their merits and such

    Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 12:10am
  37. they would rather have a male pedophile

    Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:01am
  38. well put kagen, i rememberthis happening to a den mother of a friend of mine in school i actually quit bc i felt so bad for her, i am 25 and just now have had the courage to “come out”, i tried when i was 14 but my family wouldnt hear of it, needless to say we dont speak ne more…as far as all this discrimination goes fight it girl we all got ur back and even if you lose its out there in the open, i think the military should also have this happen honestly along with gov.programs like job corps, same thing underground hasing for gays, i know i was a victim along witha few others keep fighting eventually we will alll win!!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 5:10am
  39. i don’t allow my children to participate in hate groups, until there is no discrimination my children will find another group to have fun with. We all need to band together as a country and show the scouts and anyone else that hate groups that discriminate have no place in this society!

    Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 5:44am
  40. That wonderful woman and Mother needs to be reinstated!!! What the scouts need is people with heart serving and not just straight people!!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 7:30am
  41. One reason my son is not in BS.

    Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 9:03am