This is it.
On May 22 - 24, the Boy Scouts of America's National Council will vote on a resolution that will allow gay youth to participate in the organization, but will maintain its ban on gay parents like me. I'm urging the Boy Scouts to consider a resolution that would end the ban on both gay youth and parents and allow me to continue Scouting with my son, Cruz.
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). In April 2012, I was removed from this volunteer position, and my membership was revoked after nearly a year of service -– just because I happen to be gay. Since then, I've been working with organizations like GLAAD and fellow Scouts to help end the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy.
No parent should ever have to look their children in the eyes and tell them their family isn't good enough. But the Boy Scouts' current proposal forces gay parents and adult leaders to do just that.
The Record’s Alfred Doblin put it best when he said “Imagine a youth organization announcing it will allow blacks as members, but will not hire any black leaders. Imagine a youth organization announcing it will allow Jews to become members, but will not hire any Jewish leaders. Now substitute blacks and Jews for gays. You have the Boy Scouts of America.”
The Boy Scouts can do better than that. Our children deserve better than that.
Please join me and my family in urging the Boy Scouts to consider another resolution this May, and vote to end the ban on both gay youth and parents. It's time to end discrimination in Scouting.
NOTE: I encourage everyone to join this campaign, but If you're a past or current member of the Boy Scouts of America, please say so in the "Why is this important to you?" section. Thanks!
- Deron Smith, BSA Public Relations
Boy Scouts of America
Several of your own Boy Scout councils have submitted alternative and supplemental resolutions for your consideration. I'm urging the Boy Scouts to vote on resolution that would end the ban on both gay youth and parents.
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