Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gay
  • Petitioning Bradley D. Farmer

This petition will be delivered to:

Assistant Chief Scout Executive, BSA
Bradley D. Farmer
Assistant Chief Scout Executive, BSA
Gary P. Butler
Managing Editor, Scouting Magazine
John R. Clark
Public Relations, BSA
Deron Smith
The Boy Scouts of America
Chief Scouting Executive
Wayne Brock

Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gay

    1. Jennifer Tyrrell
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Tyrrell

      Bridgeport, OH

My name is Jennifer Tyrrell. I am a devoted partner, mother, friend and community leader in Bridgeport, Ohio. I’m also a former Tiger Cub den leader with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). I was recently removed from this volunteer position, and my membership was revoked after nearly a year of service – just because I happen to be gay. 

Shortly after registering my son for Cub Scouts, I was asked to assume the role of den leader and was persuaded by a platform of tolerance, acceptance and support. Throughout the year, my cubs performed volunteer service at a local soup kitchen, collected canned goods for area churches to distribute in food baskets, participated in bell-ringing for the Salvation Army, and, at the time of my removal, were working on a conservation project for a state park. My Tiger Cubs earned multiple Scout badges for service and skills, while learning and exercising the 12 Core Values of Scouting: citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health & fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility. 

The revocation of my membership came shortly after I was elected treasurer of my pack and uncovered some 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 Within a week of reporting these findings to the council, I received notice that my membership had been revoked, based on my sexual orientation, citing that because I'm gay, I did "not meet the high standards of membership that the BSA seeks."

There was an outcry of support for me by the parents of my Tiger Scouts, many of whom waited for hours to voice their concerns to members of the council and the pack's charter organization, but were turned away without the opportunity to do so.

It is time for the Boy Scouts of America to reconsider its policy of exclusivity against gay youth and leaders. Please sign this petition to call for an end of discrimination in an organization that is shaping the future.

As more individuals become aware of the discrimination I’ve been dealing with, it is my hope that these incidents will happen less frequently -- if at all.

Please join me and take a stand.  If you would also like to support my work to end the Boy Scouts' policy barring gay scouts and gay scout leaders, you can do so here: 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 300,000 signatures
    2. Help me send a Mother's Day message to the Boy Scouts…

      Jennifer Tyrrell
      Petition Organizer

      Mother's Day has always been a special day for me -- a time to celebrate my mother, grandmothers, but most importantly, my children. But this Mother's Day, I won't be celebrating as usual. I want to thank you for standing with me after the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) told me I was no longer welcome to serve as scout leader of my 7-year-old son's Boy Scouts troop because I'm gay.

      Over 275,000 people have joined me at http://change.org/scouts to tell the BSA that it's time to end their unfair ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. But this Mother's Day, I'm going to amp up the pressure. Will you help me reach 350,000 signatures before Mother's Day by sharing my story on Facebook and Twitter at http://glaad.org/mothersday ?

    3. Reached 200,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @MicahJesse

    May 10, 2012

    My message to @boyscouts on Mother's Day: I stand with Jennifer & ALL moms! #scoutsforall http://t.co/CjxA2MOb RT!

    Micah Jesse
    12k followers

    @TamraBarney

    May 11, 2012

    Dear @boyscouts, on Mother's Day I support Jennifer & ALL moms, gay & straight! #scoutsforall http://t.co/gKhcKScZ ... please retweet

    Tamra Barney
    475k followers

    @MissKellyO

    May 10, 2012

    Dear @boyscouts, on Mother's Day I support Jennifer & ALL moms, gay & straight! #scoutsforall http://t.co/IHJ9KhxP

    Kelly Osbourne
    3.12M followers

    @darrylstephens

    May 11, 2012

    RT @glaad: RT & tell @boyscouts: on Mother's Day to support Jennifer & ALL moms, gay & straight #scoutsforall”

    Darryl Stephens
    16.3k followers

    @JaneLeeves

    May 10, 2012

    Dear @boyscouts, on Mothers Day I support Jennifer & her beautiful family. All moms gay or straight! #scoutsforall

    Jane Leeves
    21.6k followers

    @frandrescher

    May 10, 2012

    Read Jennifer's story & sign the petition. Support Jennifer & ALL moms, gay & straight! #scoutsforall @boyscouts http://t.co/tTiAYIF4

    Fran Drescher
    149k followers

    @PerezHilton

    May 11, 2012

    RT & tell @boyscouts: on Mother's Day I support Jennifer & ALL moms, gay & straight #scoutsforall http://t.co/FlnGmN2H

    Perez Hilton
    6.21M followers

    @_juliannemoore

    May 10, 2012

    Dear @boyscouts, on Mother's Day I support Jennifer & ALL moms, gay & straight! #scoutsforall http://t.co/qMznKseD

    Julianne Moore
    325k followers

    @ricky_martin

    May 11, 2012

    Come on every1 RT and tell @boyscouts: on Mother's Day to support Jennifer and ALL moms, #scoutsforall http://t.co/yt1AbEWh

    Ricky Martin
    8.82M followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Debbie Diaz SAN MATEO, CA
      • 4 days ago

      I was a girl scout. I want my son to join boy scouts, but will be unable do allow him to join an organization that discriminates against gay members and leaders. It is morally wrong to exclude people based on sexual orientation.

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    • E. Michael Markwis BELLEVILLE, NJ
      • 11 days ago

      I felt the homophobia in the Boy Scouts when I was a boy, and dropped out, missing all the great things my friends did. I can't understand the hypocrisy the BSA continues to exclude gay Scout leaders, when most of the sexual abuse of scouts was done by straight, married men. And excluding lesbian Den Mothers makes even less sense! Because of its policy of excluding any gay people over the age of eighteen may keep many young men from becoming an Eagle Scout. And they wonder why enrollment is plummeting?

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    • Jo Gratziano LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 15 days ago

      This is wrong.

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    • erik oley IRVINGTON, NY
      • 16 days ago

      I am a human being

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    • Melanie Ciampaglione DENVILLE, NJ
      • 16 days ago

      saying no you can't volunteer to help your child is just wrong!

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