Cub Scout Den Mother Dismissed Because She’s Lesbian

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

Tyrrell told that she was drafted in to help with the Brookside troop:

“The current leader, that was supposed to be there, called and said, ‘I can’t do it’. They had no leader. There were no other people willing or able to step up, so, I stepped up, I said, ‘I’ll be the den leader’.”

But after a year of ‘stepping up,’ the boy scout Ohio River Valley Council found out her sexuality and she was asked to leave.

“I feel like I’ve had a great year, I’ve bonded with my parents, my children, we’ve done a lot of really good things. And in light of other circumstances, it was brought to the council’s attention at a higher-up level that I was gay and I was forced to resign,” Tyrrell said.

Bob Drury, Scout Director with the Council said:

“It’s just something that has been determined to be a distraction to what the program is. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to develop character and leadership skills and the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. And anything that distracts from that mission distracts from what our program is.”

Tyrrell’s many friends among the scouts’ parents held a protest April 17 outside the meeting where Drury announced the decision.

Said one parent, Rob Donn:

“It was never an issue because we judge people by their actions and she’s done a really good job with the kids, a lot better than the leaders in the past, and it has nothing to do with her sexuality at all.”

Tyrell said that the boy scouts didn’t understand the council’s decision and she’s worried they may think that she is abandoning them.

The Boy Scouts of America has adopted positions since 1991 which state that homosexuality is “inconsistent with the Scout Oath that a Scout be morally straight and in the Scout Law that a Scout be clean in word and deed.”

A 2010 legal challenge in Philadelphia of the gay ban confirmed that the private organization was within its rights to exclude people on the basis of sexual orientation. Last month, the city was ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in legal fees.

Last year, Virginia lesbian mom Denise Steele was kicked out of her troop.

Said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick:

“The Boy Scouts of America is one of the only cultural institutions to categorically discriminate against LGBT Americans.”

“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.”

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Image: courtesy GLAAD


Teddy H.
Teddy H.4 years ago

It is kinda funny how liberal socialists groups preach tolerance and love, until you disagree with them on their agenda. Then they call you "ignorant hateful idiots" like chris M. did.
If conservatives dont like a group they create their own. They do no insist that others have to think like they do. Examples......
If a conservative doesnt like guns,,,, he chooses to not buy one.
If a liberal doesnt like guns... he works to to ban them for everyone.
If a conservative doesnt like meat.... he chooses not to buy it.
if a liberal doesnt like meat,... he works to ban it for everyone.
If a conservative doesnt like cigarettes ,,, he chooses not to buy them.
If a liberal doesnt like cigarettes.... they try to tax , regulate and ban them out of existence.

when you think about it liberal socialists are the most closed minded hateful bullies in america.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

Chris, Thank you for your comment, as that is one of the things that Scouting teaches to all young boys, the US has Constitution and there is 1st amendment available to all. Thank you again and God Bless you and all Americans

Chris M.
Chris M5 years ago

To "Bill R." and all the other ignorant, hateful, idiots on here - Shame on YOU and shame on the Boy Scouts. SHAME.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

Well one of you have it right, Scouting does not allow the Gay person in as a leader, yet the boys can belong only they cannot achieve the rank of Eagle. They also need to accept a God, please before we accuse me of just blessing the Christian God which is okay, but belief in Any god is all that is required. I suspect most boys with a direction toward being Gay would not believe in GOD.
At some point Scouting must have pride and morals. Yes, you can find in Scouting where someone has slipped through the cracks and molested boys, but they got through the background check somehow. Scouting is good for the boys and those that do not get in need to grow up and realize that they cannot have their way in all things in this world. They also need to ask themselves the question why do I want to belong where I am not qualified?

monica r.
monica r5 years ago

Yet when I was in grade school, they let a straight man lead the Scout troop at our school and he molested a LOT of boys. I know that there are ruined lives and some attempted suicides among the victims, some were in my class.

I guess that's considered "morally straight" by the BSA?

Meanwhile I've known gay men and lesbians who have worked around kids, were very aware to not make mention of or call attention to sexual orientation in any way, and were extremely positive influences,but they would not be the type of people scouting wants around.

How ridiculous.

connie h.
connie h.5 years ago

Cont, It would be like firing a Den Mother for having a foot fetish or enjoying one sex position rather than another!
These kids lost a loved leader, missing out on the opportunity to learn some great things, all because some people are so uptight and nosy, that they have to be bedroom police!

As we say over here, "Give em a fair go, mate!"

connie h.
connie h.5 years ago

@ Bill R, Wow, you Americans have a lot of scouts! Boy Scouts ect are all great clubs and have great people in them.
I never said they were a bad lot, nor did I say that they shouldn't be allowed to discriminate, yes discriminate, against people because they are a separate organization.

I simply said that they are sending the wrong message to their kids and this case is a prime example. And the homosexuals don't wish to destroy it, just partake in it the same as heterosexuals do. Some might have liked it as kids' themselves, but because they happen to love people of the same sex, they are barred from that activity.

Separate is never equal. Banning gay people doesn't do anyone any favors, except perpetrate hate and bigotry. Homosexuality/Bisexuality is such an inane thing, I don't see why people make such a fuss about it.

Yes, these clubs have the right to have their own beliefs. Even if they are outdated and arbitrary, even if they seem stuck in the 19th century, even if they deny children great people who could teach them a whole load of things.

But, I also have a right to call them out on said bigoted outdated ideals. Especially, when they fire a woman who was doing a good job and seemed so loved by her charges, for something so insignificant as what she does in the privacy of her own bedroom.
That has nothing whatsoever to do with her job, her efficiency or her ability to lead and teach these cub scouts! It would be like firing a Den Mother because she

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

Connie you are confusing the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Order of the Arrow with the Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls? The Boys are totaly different organization and they are totally independent of government, and any other corporation. Do the Homosexuals really feel that strong of a need to break up an organization that helps schools, counties, cities, States, and individual in need that they want to demand to be entered. Lets say that happened, and then half of the heterosexual boys parents said I will not send my boy. I understand then you will be saying that is okay those bigots do not need scouting anyway.
Everytime America makes an adjustment for one class of people another class is taking the shaft. So if it is an all girls organization, so be it, if it is an all homosexual organization so be it, if it is an all mexican orgainzation then let them meet and have their own program.

The Boy Scouts are one of the best young man organizations in the nation, they do as much good as most of the local service organizations, the US Supreme Court several years ago, said they can let in or keep out whom they identify as long as they are consistent in their actions.

connie h.
connie h.5 years ago

Bill R, what are you on about?
What about the girl scouts? Should they turn away all heterosexual men and only employ homosexual ones? After all, it's the job of the girl scouts to exclude the heterosexual male community so as to not give an opportunity to heterosexual pedophiles to abuse these girls!

There are many heterosexual boy scout leaders who may be pedophiles, who only abuse young boys! Females, could also be potential pedophiles. Ask any respectable sex crimes expert and they will confirm that "it's a common misconception that because an adult male chooses a male victim that his adult sexual orientation is homosexual!"
Even South Park acknowledged this!

Boy/girl scouts, teaching, priesthood ALL attract pedophiles, be they heterosexual, homosexual or even fixated (no adult sexual orientation). By excluding members of the gay community they are simply telling the children that there is something wrong with their fellow humans. This is not right or moral, it's bigotry plain and simple.
To put it another way,
Jesus: Love thy neighbor as thyself.
Crowd: What if they're gay?
Jesus: Did I flipping stutter? -_-

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Mom stepped up, did the right thing, and was asked to step down. Another opportunity to teach our future leaders that bigotry and narrow-mindedness are qualities to strive for!