Jennifer Tyrrell: I Was Ousted as a Boy Scout Leader For Being Gay, and I Will Not Allow my Son to be a Scout Again Until Their Policy is Equal

XO Jane
May 30, 2013

In April 2012, I was forced to resign as my son’s Boy Scout Den Leader because I am gay.

In response, I launched a petition with the help of GLAAD and held a local rally in Bridgeport, Ohio, in front of the church where we held our den meetings. This small town act of rebellion reignited a movement and created a firestorm of equality that has spread furiously across the nation, ultimately ending up with a historic decision by The Boy Scouts of America to allow gay youths.

But it's still not enough.

The decision last week continues a longstanding ban on gay adults.

Gay adults like me. Let me start at the beginning.

Take action and find out more about the Boy Scouts' policy change at