Jennifer Tyrrell, the former den mother leading the efforts to end the Boy Scout's ban on gay troops and leaders, will serve as Grand Marshall at the second annual Toledo Pride Parade this weekend. Jennifer will also speak at a commitment ceremony on the same day, hosted by Toledo Pride and Support Marriage Equality in Ohio.
The Toledo Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, August 11 and starts at noon. After the parade, a commitment ceremony for 10 contest-winning couples and 8 of their guests will be held in Levis Square. Live entertainment will follow, including music by local artists and Spearz, an all-male Britney Spears cover band, as well as Drag Extravaganza with local performers and Mystique Summers from the GLAAD Media Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. Pride continues throughout the weekend with a family-oriented Sunday Funday at Owens Community College.
Jennifer, who is from Bridgeport, Ohio, has been active in mobilizing support for a more inclusive Boy Scouts of America, after she was removed from her position as den mother because she's gay. She has garnered more than 300,000 signatures for a recent Change.org petition, spoke at GLAAD’s Media Awards in Los Angeles, and earlier this summer, she rode with George Takei in GLAAD’s car at the New York City Pride Parade.
She will be joined by fellow Grand Marshall Michael Bell. As mayor of Toledo, Bell has extended health benefits to the domestic partners of city employees and continues to be an ally for his local LGBT community.