Queerty’s Evan Mulvihill met with Jen Tyrell today, the lesbian mother of 5 who was ousted as den leader of her son’s Boy Scout troop. As she goes on a media tour in New York City (just today, she met with CNN, the Daily News, and the New York Times), she’s now effectively been excommunicated by the Boy Scouts, with the organization saying in an email to GLAAD that they do not want to meet with her and that the policy will stay as-is.
The Boys Scouts of America’s public-relations director gave this statement to CNN:
“Our focus is on delivering the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Our mission does not include teaching young people about sex or sexual orientation, and we do not believe it is Scouting’s role to introduce this topic in our youth development program.”
We spoke with Jen in the GLAAD offices about how far she wants to wage her campaign, what her 7-year-old son Cruz’s reaction was, and whether she’s like to sick the more tolerant Girl Scouts on the Boy Scouts’ butts. Tyrell’s Change.org petition currently has over 140,000 signatures.
Off camera, we got to hang out with her and Cruz (together in photo above with fellow viral activist Zach Wahls), who was engaged in what she described as “typical boy behavior,” making toys attack one another on the top of a desk.
Jen told us about her special appearance at the GLAAD Awards in L.A., and showed us pictures of her with celebrity allies Josh Hutcherson and Milla Jovovich. “Milla said my speech made her cry, and thanked me for coming and sharing my story,” said Jen.
She also relayed how Betty White had wanted to play paddy cake with her sons Jude and Cruz. “Jude refused, but Cruz is a lady’s man, so he said okay.”
Too cute, no? And doesn’t that sound like the story of a typical Ohio family charmed by a dose of Hollywood glitz and glamor? Traditional family values!