Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mom who was ousted as her son’s Boy Scouts den leader because she’s gay, will speak at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, it was announced today.
Earlier this week, Jennifer and dozens of supporters gathered outside the local BSA chapter in Bridgeport, Ohio, in a peaceful protest of the chapter’s decision to discriminate against her because she’s gay.
“Boy Scouts is about teaching kids to be better adults,” said Jennifer. “We're not doing that by teaching them to hate or discriminate. They do not care about my sexual orientation. They know that I care about them, that I lead them and that they can trust me. This is about parents being able to bond with their children. I'm denied the ability to bond with my son.”
Michelangelo Signorile reported yesterday that after being alerted to the BSA decision, Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, announced that she would rescind her acceptance of BSA’s Distinguished Citizen Award. James Beard was an openly gay man who was thrown out of Reed College in Portland in 1922 because of his sexual orientation.
"The Boy Scouts of America is one of the only cultural institutions to categorically discriminate against LGBT Americans," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "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."
Other youth organizations like the Girl Scouts, 4H, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, do not discriminate against LGBT members or volunteers.
Photos and video of Jennifer’s remarks at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles will be available on Sunday, April 22.
For a complete list of nominees and ticket information, visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards