15 People Advocating For Change In The Boy Scouts
Note from GLAADBrendan Davis, Digital Content Manager at GLAAD
1. James Dale
When the BSA learned that Dale was a gay rights activist, it revoked the former Eagle Scout and assistant scoutmaster of his adult membership. Dale filed a lawsuit claiming that the organization violated New Jersey's anti-discrimination laws. While the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of Dale, the United States Supreme Court ruled against him. However, Dale led the charge for the BSA to change its ways.
2. Jennifer Tyrrell
In April of 2012, Tyrrell (pictured with Dianna Agron) was ousted as her son's scout leader for being gay. Her story inspired over 350,000 Americans to sign a petition calling on the BSA to end its ban on gay members. Recently, she helped deliver 1.4 million signatures to the BSA's headquarters ahead of the organization's decision regarding its gay ban.