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Update: Emotional Fallout From Lesbian Den Mother Firing (Video)

Update: Emotional Fallout From Lesbian Den Mother Firing (Video)

Last week I reported on how Jennifer Tyrrell, a Cub Scout den mother in Ohio, was dismissed from her position after local Boy Scout officials learned she is a lesbian.

Tyrrell was recruited to fill the position in the troop but was fired per national Boy Scouts policy despite strong opposition, which included protests at the Ohio River Valley Council meeting by her fellow parents. She says that she knew about Boy Scouts policy but was reassured that her sexuality would not be a problem.

Tyrrell has said that she was fired “shortly after I was elected treasurer of my pack and uncovered some inconsistencies in the pack’s finances.”

Zach Wahls, the teenage Iowan whose speech to Iowa’s State House in defense of his moms went viral last year, has pointed out, drawing from his own childhood experience, that Boy Scout policy is elective.

Boy Scouts stands alone from other youth organizations which welcome gay, lesbian or transgender kids as well as parents, such as the Girl Scouts of America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the 4H Club.

Sunday night, Tyrell, with her partner and three children beside her, gave an emotional speech at the annual awards ceremony of the gay and lesbian advocacy organization GLAAD in Los Angeles, the trip which was the first time she had ever flown. She got on the plane because “we all agreed, it’s time to stand up.”

She told the star-studded crowd:

“There was an outcry from the parents who were beside themselves about this and the total disregard that I have to tell my seven year-old son that his mother can no longer participate in his scouting adventures. Cruz wasn’t raised to discriminate. He doesn’t understand. I taught all my scouts, just accept people for who they are. I hope that my story will help other kids and parents stand for these values.”

“One of my parents texted me a few days ago and said, ‘I want to thank you for bringing awareness to my prejudice. I’m ashamed of the way I used to feel about gay people.’ And I thought to myself, ‘if that’s the only person that I have changed, then that’s huge.’”

Watch Tyrell’s speech (but get out your handkerchief first):

In a media statement issued by GLAAD before the event, Tyrell said:

“The tide is turning. Together we can be heard, and this movement can send a message to the Boy Scouts that their policies against gay youth and gay leaders create nothing but division, frustration, and pain for scouting families and communities.”

Find out more about GLAAD’s support for Tyrell and her family here.

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3:30PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Lesbian that I am, I'm rather proud of the fact I was a boy scout. An Explorer Scout actually, the coed division of the BSA for kids 14-19. Then I was an Advisor for about 5 years, responsible for a group of impressionable high schoolers. I don't think I tainted a single one. This was all in the '70s and '80s. Are you aware of the Boy Scout Oath? It goes:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Apparently, they aren't kidding about the "straight" part. I just looked to see who the current President of the BSA is. This is rich. It's Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil. He's held the volunteer(?) position since 2006. Changing the BSA is going to be a long, difficult fight that's going to require much more than a petition with 100K signatures. I can't say I have much invested in this particular cause beyond signing the petition, but more power to those who do.

5:17AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

No, Lori you aren't "giving God the finger" only the richardheads who claim to speak for him.

4:34PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

That's terrible news. Some people will never get with the times, will they?

9:00PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Thank you Lord that this is a move in the right direction...

1:38PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Shame on the BSA and the other bigots here.

8:42AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Wow, so many hateful people posted on here. I thought she gave a great speech. And since I plan to sign the petition I guess that means I'm giving God the finger? Whatever. I'm Catholic but I believe everyone should be treated the same until proven otherwise by their actions of violence, hate etc.

4:26AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

9:33AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

I love bravery of this calibre. Would that the Boy Scouts were just as brave... as well as the coward who initiated all this hullaballoo.... possibly the previous treasurer?

"Tyrrell has said that she was fired 'shortly after I was elected treasurer of my pack and uncovered some inconsistencies in the pack’s finances'.”

Hmmmmmmm......
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As they say, "follow the money!" Sounds like a perfect cover-up job to me and nothing to do with this lady's private life.

Just WHERE is the USA going at the moment? The Third Reich and Uncle Jo's policies weren't enough? The mind totally boggles...

4:20AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Jaime A - your hatred is appalling - you are the crock of s--t. Go away and take your hatred to the others like you who feel that a 2,000+ year old book written by MEN, from a culture not so different from the Muslim ones you revile, is somehow the "word" - well guess what? According to that "word" you should be put to death for eating shellfish, or engaging in a whole host of other "sins" that I would guess you partake it. Your ignorance is astounding. Maybe if y'all bad together, that hatred will turn inward and you'll see the pain you are causing.

11:19PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

“One of my parents texted me a few days ago and said, ‘I want to thank you for bringing awareness to my prejudice. I’m ashamed of the way I used to feel about gay people.’ And I thought to myself, ‘if that’s the only person that I have changed, then that’s huge.’”

What a crock of . . . Misses you didn't change anything. God hardened that heart because the person who sent that text and yourself fail to give God glory or even honor him.
Romans Chapter 1 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools
100,000 signatures of fools calling God a liar, flipping him off putting there standards above there creators.

8:14PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

if she does a good job, the kids love her and she doesnt do anything unethical, why does it matter that she's a lesbian?

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