Clip of the Day: Ousted Gay Den Mother Speaks Out

The Boy Scouts may have banned Jennifer Tyrrell, but GLAAD has given her a platform for activism.
Apr 23, 2012

Not every child is lucky enough to have a parent who takes an active role in his or her after-school activities. Jennifer Tyrrell’s children are some of the fortunate few. As leader of her son’s Tiger Cub den, Tyrrell spent a year organizing community service projects and teaching the 12 Core Values of Scouting: citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health & fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility. 

Jennifer Tyrrell and her son at a Boy Scout meeting. (Photo:

Despite her commitment to bettering the community and providing leadership development for her scouts, The Boy Scouts of America kicked Tyrrell out because she is gay. Unfortunately, this kind of discrimination is not uncommon for the Boy Scouts and, as a private organization, nothing is stopping them from putting anti-gay language into their bylaws.  

Tyrrell’s petition on to reinstate her post has garnered national attention and support from celebrities like The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson. At their media awards this past weekend, GLAAD gave Tyrrell a new platform to share her story.

As Tyrrell mentions in her speech, many other organizations, including their Girl Scout counterparts, do not allow for this kind of discrimination. The Boy Scouts of America was founded over 100 years ago—isn’t it time to update their policies?

Do you think that discriminating against LGBT scouts and leaders contradicts any of the Boy Scouts 12 core values? Which ones?

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