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Over 300,000 Americans Support End to Boy Scouts of America's Ban on Gay Americans
After being ousted as her 7 year-old son's den leader because she is gay, Jennifer Tyrrell has become one of America's favorite moms.
Only two months ago Jennifer contacted GLAAD to help share her story and work to end the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders. She also started a Change.org petition to rally support and today the petition has reached over 300,000 signatures.
Among supporters of Jennifer and her family are celebrities including Ricky Martin, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, Dianna Agron, Joshua Jackson, Perez Hilton, Kat Graham, Fran Drescher, Kelly Osbourne, Benicio Del Toro, and more.
This past weekend Jennifer marched with GLAAD and George Takei in the New York City LGBT Pride Parade wearing Boy Scouts uniforms. Takei was formerly a member of Boy Scouts Troop 379 who later served as a spokesperson for the Scouts and received awards from the BSA in recognition of his leadership.
Earlier this month, the Boy Scouts of America confirmed that a new proposal was under review to end the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders as early as 2013. Two weeks ago, James Turley, the Global Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young who is also a Board member of the Boy Scouts of America, also issued a statement expressing his opposition to the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Jennifer also started a Change.org petition to call on Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T who also sits on the Board of the BSA, to speak out in a similar way.
“My experience has led me to believe that an inclusive environment is important throughout our society and I am proud to be a leader on this issue,” read Turley’s statement in part. “I support the meaningful work of the Boy Scouts in preparing young people for adventure, leadership, learning and service, however the membership policy is not one I would personally endorse. As I have done in leading Ernst & Young to being a most inclusive organization, I intend to continue to work from within the BSA Board to actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress.”
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