Jennifer Tyrrell, former Tiger Cub Den Leader, was recently removed from her position and had her membership revoked after nearly a year of service for being gay. Shortly after registering her son for Scouts, Jennifer was asked to assume the role of Den Leader and was persuaded by a platform of tolerance, acceptance, and support. Throughout the year, her cubs volunteered 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 her removal, were working on a conservation project for a state park. Her 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 her membership came shortly after Jennifer had been elected Treasurer of her pack and uncovered some inconsistencies in the pack's finances. Within a week of her reporting these findings to the council, she received notice that her membership had been revoked, based on her sexuality, citing that due to being gay, she did "not meet the high standards of membership that the BSA seeks".
There was an outcry of support for Jennifer by the parents of her Tiger Scouts, who 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 Boy Scouts of America to reconsider their policy of exclusivity against gay youths and leaders. Please sign this petition to call for an end of discrimination in an organization that is shaping the future.
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