GLAAD is teaming up with lesbian mom Jennifer Tyrell to take on the Boy Scouts, who have a long history of discriminating against LGBT people.
Tyrell (right) was ousted from her position as den leader after a year of solid service, simply because she found some “inconsistencies in the pack’s finances” as treasurer. Only then did her sexual orientation become an issue.
This is the second time in a year the “morally straight” Boy Scouts they’ve ousted a lesbian pack leader.
Need I remind you that the Boy Scouts are run by the Mormons? But at least they’ve instituted a “no name-calling week” in conjunction with GLSEN, eh?
I was recently removed from this volunteer position, and my membership was revoked after nearly a year of service—just because I happen to be gay.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 Within a week of reporting these findings to the council, I received notice that my membership had been revoked, based on my sexual orientation, citing that due to being gay, I did “not meet the high standards of membership that the BSA seeks.”
GLAAD’s new President Herndon Graddick calls out the BSA’s b.s.:
“The Boy Scouts of America is one of the only cultural institutions to categorically discriminate against LGBT Americans,” said . “Sending the message to America’s youth that they or their parents are somehow less than everyone else is dangerous, inaccurate and should be changed immediately.”
So, go sign the change.org petition and tell the BSA to cut the bull.