Boy Scouts Live Blog - May 22 - May 24, 2013

Our Live Blog from Wednesday May 22, 2013 and Friday May 24, 2013 is archived below. For live updates as they happen please visit: http://www.glaad.org/scouts/

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11:38pm CDT 5/28/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell, who last year started a petition that had a significant part in ending the ban on gay Scouts, is launching a new petition. The Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay Scouts for the first time ever, but it still bans gay parents and leaders. Tyrrell is still unable to serve.

She writes:

"May 23, 2013 was a monumental day for the Boy Scouts of America: the day they voted to end their discriminatory ban on openly gay youth. Now, for the first time in the Boy Scouts' hundred-year history, gay kids can be Scouts without having to hide who they are.

That's the good news, and it's pretty amazing. But the bad news is that gay parents like me are still banned from serving as Scout leaders.

In April of 2012, I was forced to resign as leader of my son's Cub Scout pack because I'm gay. I was devastated to be told that I wasn't good enough to be part of my own son's life. No parent should ever have to feel that way, and the Boy Scouts have no business telling kids that gay adults aren't to be trusted.

That's why I'm calling on local Boy Scout Councils all over America to reject this discriminatory ban and allow gay youth AND gay parents to serve openly.

Boy Scout Councils have a great deal of autonomy -- in fact, just moments after the Boy Scouts voted to end the ban on gay youth, the Connecticut Yankee Council said that it welcomes all youth and leaders regardless of their sexual orientation. I know that if enough people sign my petition, brave local councils will step forward to treat all parents equally, no matter our sexual orientation.

We've already seen what amazing things we can accomplish when we band together and raise our voices for inclusion, equality, and love. I pledged one year ago that I would keep on fighting until I was included. I'm certainly not going to give up now."

Sign and share Jennifer's petition to allow gay parents to serve as troop leaders: http://www.change.org/scoutleaders

3:59pm CDT 5/24/2013

Some photos from GLAAD's day on the ground today at the BSA's headquarters in Dallas, TX.

3:33pm CDT 5/24/2013

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Zach Wahls appeared on Andrea Mitchell Reports today to discuss yesterday's historic action by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

3:00pm CDT 5/24/2013

More interviews for Jennifer Tyrrell as she tries to spread her message of acceptance and equality for LGBT families.

1:45pm CDT 5/24/2013

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On The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality (SFE), spoke last night after the BSA held a press conference announcing their decision.

12:15pm CDT 5/24/2013

Former Scouts and Military personell Dave and Joe McGrath, who biked 1,000+ miles from Idaho Falls, ID to Dallas, TX deliver their 95 objections to the Boy Scouts current policies to the BSA Headquarters. They are meeting with the staff of the Boy Scouts and calling for fully inclusionary membership policies.

11:32am CDT 5/24/2013

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes in "Boy Scouts of America vote to allow gay youths:"

"An Eagle Scout himself, Mark Johnston of Mount Washington was devastated when he came out as gay and was forbidden from attending his young sons' scouting events.

His dad stood by him as he received his Eagle rank, but Mr. Johnston, 45, says he just doesn't know if he'll be welcome to do the same for his son's ceremony, though he would love to be involved.

The Boy Scouts of America took a 'step in the right direction' Thursday, he said, when it voted to put an end to the rule that kept openly gay youth out of its ranks.

'When we get to the point when we're no longer limiting children's rights to be a part of a phenomenal organization because of who they are -- it's fantastic,' said Mr. Johnston, who was volunteering at a Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh event, Xtreme Bingo, Thursday evening."

11:27am CDT 5/24/2013

 

The Seattle Times writes in "Scouts’ vote on gays met with celebration, sadness:"

For gay youngsters who were forced out of Scouting and their allies, thousands of whom joined the push for change, the opening of membership was more than welcome.

'I’ve waited 13 years for this,' said Matt Comer, 27, who was forced out of his troop at age 14 after he started a Gay-Straight Alliance at his school.

Since the fourth grade, he said Thursday, he had dreamed of becoming an Eagle Scout and was crushed when he was denied the chance.

11:20am CDT 5/24/2013

Scott K. Parks and Sarah Mervosh of The Dallas Morning News report in "Boy Scouts delegates vote to lift ban on openly gay youths:"

"The resolution’s supporters cheered after learning it had passed. They hugged one another. Some who had been holding their breath exhaled. And a few cried.

'My ears are ringing,' said Alex Derr, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout. 'I’ve been waiting for four or five years for this to happen. Everyone here has.'

Jennifer Tyrrell, an openly gay mom, was removed as a Cub Scout den leader in Ohio when her sexuality became an issue. She called the resolution 'a small step in the right direction' even though it won’t lead to her reinstatement as a den leader.

'I just can’t explain to people what it’s like to have to look at your child and have to tell them people think you’re not good enough. If I can save one person from having to do that, then I’m good,' she said.

'Today’s vote ending discrimination of gay Scouts is truly a historic moment and demonstrates the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to creating a more inclusive organization,' said Zach Wahls, a heterosexual Eagle Scout who was raised by a lesbian couple and founded Scouts for Equality"

11:07am CDT 5/24/2013

Phil Gast. Greg Botelho and Devon M. Sayers of CNN report in "Boy Scouts to allow gay youths to join:"

"Scouts for Equality and GLAAD lauded the BSA's 'commitment to creating a more inclusive organization.'

Jennifer Tyrrell, an Ohio mother who was ousted as a den leader in April 2012 because she's lesbian, called Thursday's vote 'incredible.'

'They've never been raised to discriminate against anyone regardless of sex or color or anything, so they can't understand why people care so much,' she said of her children. '... Definitely, one day, I hope they look back and think that we're part of something amazing.'"

11:00am CDT 5/24/2013

Elizabeth Dias of Time Magazine writes in "Boy Scouts Vote to Allow Gay Youth:"

"Scouts for Equality started fighting to overturn the ban last year. Founder Zach Wahls, a 21-year-old Eagle Scout with two mothers, hired twenty staffers and organized hundreds of volunteers to promote the ban’s repeal. 'Today’s vote ending discrimination of gay Scouts is truly a historic moment and demonstrates the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to creating a more inclusive organization,' Wahls says. 'Scouts for Equality is honored to be a part of the movement that has achieved a tremendous victory towards the fight for equality in America and we are proud to call ourselves Scouts.'

The new resolution does not permit gay staff or scout leaders in the organization. That still separates the Boy Scouts from other leading youth development organizations, like the Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America — all of which already allow both gay youth and staff. Scouts for Equality and GLAAD plan to continue their fight to overturn that portion of the ban next."

James Hablin of The Atlantic writes in "Boy Scouts Recognize Gay Boys as Equal:"

"It's okay -- good, progressive, even -- to hear and respond to outside pressure. Like when politicians talk about flip-flopping, as if changing to accommodate an evolving landscape is a negative thing, the BSA seems to revere notions of a value system that does adapt to feedback. Everybody benefits from feedback, and people appreciate when being heard them. Today the BSA recognized norms that are different from when the organization was founded in 1910 (and when the official anti-gay policy was signed in 1978). 

Of course it's within their rights to limit membership as they see fit, but when a massive organization that professes values of a good, moral life but also distances itself from an already oppressed minority group -- one at higher risk for bullying, depression, and suicide -- it enters the realm of tangible public health concerns. BSA is a celebrity in the arena of morality. When it endorses ideals, they do not manifest in a vacuum."

Michelle Boorstien of the Washington Post writes in " Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay youths, maintain ban on gay adult leaders:"

"Gay rights groups have poured resources into the measure’s passage, which they called “historic” when viewed as an important step toward eventually removing the ban against gay adult leaders. For this reason, gay proponents said they are willing to overlook temporarily the obvious awkwardness of the arrangement: Youths who are gay can be out, but the day they turn 18 they can no longer serve in an organization in which it’s common for people who were Boy Scouts to remain active as adult leaders.

Alex, a 19-year-old gay Wisconsin Eagle Scout and scoutmaster who didn’t want his last name used to protect his privacy, was in a room full of gay advocates in Texas when the vote was announced. He said he watched the faces of gay adult leaders he knew had been kicked out of the organization to see how they reacted.

'Surprisingly, every single one of them was crying tears of joy. We all know and believe this shows — they are going to get there. They will have that equality,' he said."

Jason Sickles of Yahoo! News writes in "Boy Scouts vote to end ban on gay youth members:"

"News of the change brought tears of joy to Melanie Gerken, the mother of an Eagle Scout and a longtime volunteer with Cleveland-area troops.

'It’s about time,' said Gerken, choking back tears.

She said she hopes the organization takes it a step further by allowing gay volunteers to work with Scouts.

'Being homosexual doesn’t make you a pedophile,' Gerken told Yahoo News. 'I don’t care what goes on in your bedroom behind closed doors. What can you do for other people and youth?'"

Molly Hennessy-Fiske of The Los Angeles Times writes in "Boy Scouts lift ban on openly gay youth:"

"Wayne Brock, chief executive of Boy Scouts of America, called the debate 'a challenging chapter in our history' and said the vote was 'truly in the best interests of Scouting.'

'It allows us to better serve kids,' he said. 'The decision has been made — it's time to stand together.'

Officials said that in coming days a national team would begin working with local councils to prepare guidelines for implementing the resolution."

10:32am CDT 5/24/2013

Some photos from yesterday of the teams from GLAAD, Scouts for Equality (SFE), the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN), Change.org, and the peitions starters working with the media before yesterday's historic vote.

10:16am CDT 5/24/2013

Cruz Burns, son of Jennifer Tyrrell, watched himself and his mother on television after they made history.

9:56am CDT 5/24/2013

Pictured above are staff and volunteers from GLAAD, Scouts for Equality (SFE), the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN), Change.org and the various petition starters who made this change possible after they recieved the news that the Boy Scouts would begin to drop it's ban on gay membership.

9:44am CDT 5/24/2013

Reuters reports, in the article entitled "Boy Scouts of America votes to end century-old ban on gay scouts:"

"About 70 percent of the group's 100,000 Boy Scout units are chartered by faith-based organizations, according to Boy Scouts membership data. Some 22 percent of the units nationwide are chartered by civic organizations, and 7 percent are chartered by educational groups.

One of the major turning points in the debate came earlier this year when the Mormon church - the largest sponsor of scouting troops nationwide - expressed support for ending the ban. The Mormon church charters nearly 38,000 scout troops representing nearly a quarter million scouts.

The next largest faith-based sponsor is the United Methodist Church, which charters about 11,000 troops representing about 363,000 scouts. They, too, issued a statement supporting an end to the ban. The Catholic church, which sponsors about 8,400 troops, has taken no official position on the controversy."

9:20am CDT 5/24/2013

Good Morning America (GMA) also covered the historic news from the Boy Scouts this morning.

9:05am CDT 5/24/2013

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NBC News coverage from the night of 5/23/2013.

Miranda Leitsinger and Jason White, also of NBC News, reported in "Boy Scouts vote to life ban on gay youth:"

"Over 61 percent of Scouting's National Council of 1,232 delegates from across the country voted to lift the ban, BSA officials said. The final tally was 757 yes votes, to 475 no (another 168 delegates did not cast a ballot since they were not present at the meeting). The ban on gay leaders was not voted on and will remain in place."

9:00am CDT 5/24/2013

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The Today Show posted a segment covering the Boy Scouts news entitled "Boy Scouts historic vote won't end the debate."

7:20am CDT 5/24/2013

USA Today published "Boy Scouts vote to allow gay members"

7:08am CST 5/24/2013

The New York Times published "Boy Scouts End Longtime Ban on Openly Gay Youths"

"Glaad, a gay-rights group that has campaigned for change over the last year, said it would keep pressure on the Boy Scouts over the leadership issue.
 
'We’ll continue urging corporate donors and public officials to withhold their support,' said Richard Ferraro, the group’s vice president for communications.
 
Several sponsors, including the UPS Foundation, Merck, the Intel Foundation, and many local United Ways and city agencies had already ended financing for the Scouts because the group’s policies violated their own nondiscrimination guidelines."

7:03am CDT 5/24/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell at the local FOX affiliate.

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11:38pm CDT 5/28/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell, who last year started a petition that had a significant part in ending the ban on gay Scouts, is launching a new petition. The Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay Scouts for the first time ever, but it still bans gay parents and leaders. Tyrrell is still unable to serve.

She writes:

"May 23, 2013 was a monumental day for the Boy Scouts of America: the day they voted to end their discriminatory ban on openly gay youth. Now, for the first time in the Boy Scouts' hundred-year history, gay kids can be Scouts without having to hide who they are.

That's the good news, and it's pretty amazing. But the bad news is that gay parents like me are still banned from serving as Scout leaders.

In April of 2012, I was forced to resign as leader of my son's Cub Scout pack because I'm gay. I was devastated to be told that I wasn't good enough to be part of my own son's life. No parent should ever have to feel that way, and the Boy Scouts have no business telling kids that gay adults aren't to be trusted.

That's why I'm calling on local Boy Scout Councils all over America to reject this discriminatory ban and allow gay youth AND gay parents to serve openly.

Boy Scout Councils have a great deal of autonomy -- in fact, just moments after the Boy Scouts voted to end the ban on gay youth, the Connecticut Yankee Council said that it welcomes all youth and leaders regardless of their sexual orientation. I know that if enough people sign my petition, brave local councils will step forward to treat all parents equally, no matter our sexual orientation.

We've already seen what amazing things we can accomplish when we band together and raise our voices for inclusion, equality, and love. I pledged one year ago that I would keep on fighting until I was included. I'm certainly not going to give up now."

Sign and share Jennifer's petition to allow gay parents to serve as troop leaders: http://www.change.org/scoutleaders

3:59pm CDT 5/24/2013

Some photos from GLAAD's day on the ground today at the BSA's headquarters in Dallas, TX.

3:33pm CDT 5/24/2013

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Zach Wahls appeared on Andrea Mitchell Reports today to discuss yesterday's historic action by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

3:00pm CDT 5/24/2013

More interviews for Jennifer Tyrrell as she tries to spread her message of acceptance and equality for LGBT families.

1:45pm CDT 5/24/2013

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

On The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality (SFE), spoke last night after the BSA held a press conference announcing their decision.

12:15pm CDT 5/24/2013

Former Scouts and Military personell Dave and Joe McGrath, who biked 1,000+ miles from Idaho Falls, ID to Dallas, TX deliver their 95 objections to the Boy Scouts current policies to the BSA Headquarters. They are meeting with the staff of the Boy Scouts and calling for fully inclusionary membership policies.

11:32am CDT 5/24/2013

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes in "Boy Scouts of America vote to allow gay youths:"

"An Eagle Scout himself, Mark Johnston of Mount Washington was devastated when he came out as gay and was forbidden from attending his young sons' scouting events.

His dad stood by him as he received his Eagle rank, but Mr. Johnston, 45, says he just doesn't know if he'll be welcome to do the same for his son's ceremony, though he would love to be involved.

The Boy Scouts of America took a 'step in the right direction' Thursday, he said, when it voted to put an end to the rule that kept openly gay youth out of its ranks.

'When we get to the point when we're no longer limiting children's rights to be a part of a phenomenal organization because of who they are -- it's fantastic,' said Mr. Johnston, who was volunteering at a Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh event, Xtreme Bingo, Thursday evening."

11:27am CDT 5/24/2013

 

The Seattle Times writes in "Scouts’ vote on gays met with celebration, sadness:"

"For gay youngsters who were forced out of Scouting and their allies, thousands of whom joined the push for change, the opening of membership was more than welcome.

'I’ve waited 13 years for this,' said Matt Comer, 27, who was forced out of his troop at age 14 after he started a Gay-Straight Alliance at his school.

Since the fourth grade, he said Thursday, he had dreamed of becoming an Eagle Scout and was crushed when he was denied the chance."

11:20am CDT 5/24/2013

Scott K. Parks and Sarah Mervosh of The Dallas Morning News report in "Boy Scouts delegates vote to lift ban on openly gay youths:"

"The resolution’s supporters cheered after learning it had passed. They hugged one another. Some who had been holding their breath exhaled. And a few cried.

'My ears are ringing,' said Alex Derr, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout. 'I’ve been waiting for four or five years for this to happen. Everyone here has.'

Jennifer Tyrrell, an openly gay mom, was removed as a Cub Scout den leader in Ohio when her sexuality became an issue. She called the resolution 'a small step in the right direction' even though it won’t lead to her reinstatement as a den leader.

'I just can’t explain to people what it’s like to have to look at your child and have to tell them people think you’re not good enough. If I can save one person from having to do that, then I’m good,' she said.

'Today’s vote ending discrimination of gay Scouts is truly a historic moment and demonstrates the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to creating a more inclusive organization,' said Zach Wahls, a heterosexual Eagle Scout who was raised by a lesbian couple and founded Scouts for Equality"

11:07am CDT 5/24/2013

Phil Gast. Greg Botelho and Devon M. Sayers of CNN report in "Boy Scouts to allow gay youths to join:"

"Scouts for Equality and GLAAD lauded the BSA's 'commitment to creating a more inclusive organization.'

Jennifer Tyrrell, an Ohio mother who was ousted as a den leader in April 2012 because she's lesbian, called Thursday's vote 'incredible.'

'They've never been raised to discriminate against anyone regardless of sex or color or anything, so they can't understand why people care so much,' she said of her children. '... Definitely, one day, I hope they look back and think that we're part of something amazing.'"

11:00am CDT 5/24/2013

Elizabeth Dias of Time Magazine writes in "Boy Scouts Vote to Allow Gay Youth:"

"Scouts for Equality started fighting to overturn the ban last year. Founder Zach Wahls, a 21-year-old Eagle Scout with two mothers, hired twenty staffers and organized hundreds of volunteers to promote the ban’s repeal. 'Today’s vote ending discrimination of gay Scouts is truly a historic moment and demonstrates the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to creating a more inclusive organization,' Wahls says. 'Scouts for Equality is honored to be a part of the movement that has achieved a tremendous victory towards the fight for equality in America and we are proud to call ourselves Scouts.'

The new resolution does not permit gay staff or scout leaders in the organization. That still separates the Boy Scouts from other leading youth development organizations, like the Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America — all of which already allow both gay youth and staff. Scouts for Equality and GLAAD plan to continue their fight to overturn that portion of the ban next."

James Hablin of The Atlantic writes in "Boy Scouts Recognize Gay Boys as Equal:"

"It's okay -- good, progressive, even -- to hear and respond to outside pressure. Like when politicians talk about flip-flopping, as if changing to accommodate an evolving landscape is a negative thing, the BSA seems to revere notions of a value system that does adapt to feedback. Everybody benefits from feedback, and people appreciate when being heard them. Today the BSA recognized norms that are different from when the organization was founded in 1910 (and when the official anti-gay policy was signed in 1978). 

Of course it's within their rights to limit membership as they see fit, but when a massive organization that professes values of a good, moral life but also distances itself from an already oppressed minority group -- one at higher risk for bullying, depression, and suicide -- it enters the realm of tangible public health concerns. BSA is a celebrity in the arena of morality. When it endorses ideals, they do not manifest in a vacuum."

Michelle Boorstien of the Washington Post writes in " Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay youths, maintain ban on gay adult leaders:"

"Gay rights groups have poured resources into the measure’s passage, which they called “historic” when viewed as an important step toward eventually removing the ban against gay adult leaders. For this reason, gay proponents said they are willing to overlook temporarily the obvious awkwardness of the arrangement: Youths who are gay can be out, but the day they turn 18 they can no longer serve in an organization in which it’s common for people who were Boy Scouts to remain active as adult leaders.

Alex, a 19-year-old gay Wisconsin Eagle Scout and scoutmaster who didn’t want his last name used to protect his privacy, was in a room full of gay advocates in Texas when the vote was announced. He said he watched the faces of gay adult leaders he knew had been kicked out of the organization to see how they reacted.

'Surprisingly, every single one of them was crying tears of joy. We all know and believe this shows — they are going to get there. They will have that equality,' he said."

Jason Sickles of Yahoo! News writes in "Boy Scouts vote to end ban on gay youth members:"

"News of the change brought tears of joy to Melanie Gerken, the mother of an Eagle Scout and a longtime volunteer with Cleveland-area troops.

'It’s about time,' said Gerken, choking back tears.

She said she hopes the organization takes it a step further by allowing gay volunteers to work with Scouts.

'Being homosexual doesn’t make you a pedophile,' Gerken told Yahoo News. 'I don’t care what goes on in your bedroom behind closed doors. What can you do for other people and youth?'"

Molly Hennessy-Fiske of The Los Angeles Times writes in "Boy Scouts lift ban on openly gay youth:"

"Wayne Brock, chief executive of Boy Scouts of America, called the debate 'a challenging chapter in our history' and said the vote was 'truly in the best interests of Scouting.'

'It allows us to better serve kids,' he said. 'The decision has been made — it's time to stand together.'

Officials said that in coming days a national team would begin working with local councils to prepare guidelines for implementing the resolution."

10:32am CDT 5/24/2013

Some photos from yesterday of the teams from GLAAD, Scouts for Equality (SFE), the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN), Change.org, and the peitions starters working with the media before yesterday's historic vote.

10:16am CDT 5/24/2013

Cruz Burns, son of Jennifer Tyrrell, watched himself and his mother on television after they made history.

9:56am CDT 5/24/2013

Pictured above are staff and volunteers from GLAAD, Scouts for Equality (SFE), the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN), Change.org and the various petition starters who made this change possible after they recieved the news that the Boy Scouts would begin to drop it's ban on gay membership.

9:44am CDT 5/24/2013

Reuters reports, in the article entitled "Boy Scouts of America votes to end century-old ban on gay scouts:"

"About 70 percent of the group's 100,000 Boy Scout units are chartered by faith-based organizations, according to Boy Scouts membership data. Some 22 percent of the units nationwide are chartered by civic organizations, and 7 percent are chartered by educational groups.

One of the major turning points in the debate came earlier this year when the Mormon church - the largest sponsor of scouting troops nationwide - expressed support for ending the ban. The Mormon church charters nearly 38,000 scout troops representing nearly a quarter million scouts.

The next largest faith-based sponsor is the United Methodist Church, which charters about 11,000 troops representing about 363,000 scouts. They, too, issued a statement supporting an end to the ban. The Catholic church, which sponsors about 8,400 troops, has taken no official position on the controversy."

9:20am CDT 5/24/2013

Good Morning America (GMA) also covered the historic news from the Boy Scouts this morning.

9:05am CDT 5/24/2013

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

NBC News coverage from the night of 5/23/2013.

Miranda Leitsinger and Jason White, also of NBC News, reported in "Boy Scouts vote to life ban on gay youth:"

"Over 61 percent of Scouting's National Council of 1,232 delegates from across the country voted to lift the ban, BSA officials said. The final tally was 757 yes votes, to 475 no (another 168 delegates did not cast a ballot since they were not present at the meeting). The ban on gay leaders was not voted on and will remain in place."

9:00am CDT 5/24/2013

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The Today Show posted a segment covering the Boy Scouts news entitled "Boy Scouts historic vote won't end the debate."

7:20am CDT 5/24/2013

USA Today published "Boy Scouts vote to allow gay members"

7:08am CST 5/24/2013

The New York Times published "Boy Scouts End Longtime Ban on Openly Gay Youths"

"Glaad, a gay-rights group that has campaigned for change over the last year, said it would keep pressure on the Boy Scouts over the leadership issue.
 
'We’ll continue urging corporate donors and public officials to withhold their support,' said Richard Ferraro, the group’s vice president for communications.
 
Several sponsors, including the UPS Foundation, Merck, the Intel Foundation, and many local United Ways and city agencies had already ended financing for the Scouts because the group’s policies violated their own nondiscrimination guidelines."

7:03am CDT 5/24/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell at the local FOX affiliate.

8:46 pm CDT 5/23/2013

Pascal Tessier answers questions from the media while his mother, Tracie Felker, looks on.

8:23 pm CDT 5/23/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell hugs Pascal Tessier after the resolution passed to allow openly gay scouts in the Boy Scouts of America.

8:17 pm CDT 5/23/2013

Staff from GLAAD, Scouts for Equality and Change.org with Scouts and leaders who started petitions calling for the Boy Scouts of America to overturn the ban on gay Scouts and leaders.

8:01 pm CDT 5/23/2013

The Advocate publishes a piece by GLAAD's Dave Montez, GLAAD Acting President, and Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry President and lawyer who argued Boy Scouts of America vs. James Dale before the Supreme Court in 2000:

 

Even though the proposal that passed was put forth by the BSA itself, Boy Scout executives must realize that their discriminatory ban on gay parents and volunteers is no longer sustainable, nor is it in step with the values of the country the BSA is supposed to represent.

 

7:39 pm CDT 5/23/2013

 

Jennifer Tyrrell, Zach Wahls, and more speak at a press conference after the Boy Scouts vote to drop the ban on gay Scouts.

7:35 pm CDT 5/23/2013

Scouts for Equality leader, Zach Wahls, reacting to the Boy Scouts vote to drop the ban on gay Scouts.

7:25pm CDT 5/23/2013

ABC News publishes "Boy Scouts Vote to End Ban on Gay Scouts; Gay Adults Still Barred"

In recent months, some churches have backed away from their opposition, according to the gay advocacy group GLAAD. The Mormon church, which sponsors most of the troops, has now endorsed allowing gay Scouts. The Roman Catholic Church has taken no official position. The National Jewish Committee on Scouting, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Metropolitan Community Church all urged full repeal of the ban.

6:48pm CDT 5/23/2013

Pascal Tessier speaking with the Associated Press.

6:40pm CDT 5/23/2013

In the above video Jennifer Tyrrell speaks with the Associated Press and Zach Wahls speaks with reporters from the Today Show.

6:34pm CDT 5/23/2013

Petitions starters and GLAAD staff react to the good news that the propostion has passed.

6:04pm CDT 5/23/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell and Zach Wahls embrace following the press conference organized by GLAAD, Scouts for Equality (SFE), and the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN).

5:54pm CDT 5/23/2013

"The BSA is hurting him and others like him by telling him that his family is not good enough."

– Jennifer Tyrrell speaking about her son Cruz Burns, concerning the BSA's continuing ban on gay parents and leaders

5:47pm CDT 5/23/2013

"Tomorrow we start our work for full inclusion in the Boy Scouts"

– Zach Wahls at the post-vote press conference being held by GLAAD, Scouts for Equality (SFE), and the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN).

5:10pm CDT 5/23/2013

The Boy Scouts of America made history today by approving a resolution that will allow gay youth to participate. The new membership standards, which state that 'no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,' will take effect on January 1, 2014. The Boy Scouts' ban on gay adults will remain intact, however. Read more about this news on the GLAAD blog at http://www.glaad.org/blog/breaking-boy-scouts-allow-gay-youth


 

Jennifer Tyrrell, her son Cruz Burns, and the GLAAD staff are pictured above recieving the news that the proposition to allow gay youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has passed.

5:00pm CDT 5/23/2013

GLAAD, Scout for Equality (SFE), and the Insclusive Scouting Network (ISN) will be holding a press conference today at 5:30pm CDT following the scheduled announcement by the Boy Scouts of America regarding today's vote. The press conference will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge, directly across from the Gaylord Texan, where the annual Boy Scouts national meeting is being held. Speakers at the press conference will include Zach Wahls, GLAAD, Mark Noel and scouts and scout leaders who launched Change.org petitions including Jennifer Tyrrell, Pascal Tessier and Greg Bourke.

4:47pm CDT 5/23/2013

Supporters of the ban and the oppostion to equality are present on site in Dallas, TX for the vote today as well.

3:49pm CDT 5/23/2013

Greg Bourke and Pascal Tessier, respectively, are pictured above being interview by the local Dallas Fox news affiliate, Fox4.

3:32pm CDT 5/23/2013

Pascal Tessier is pictured above being interviewed by the local Dallas ABC News affiliate.

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Reminder: Today is a the official decision day for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to announce the outcome of their internal vote deciding whether or not they will move forward to begin dropping their ban on gay membership. The announcement is scheduled for 5:00pm CDT.

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The internal vote of 1,400 Scouting leaders from 270 councils nationwide has ended. The vote will decide whether or not the Boy Scouts will drop their discriminatory ban on gay Scouts. The announcement of the vote's outcome is scheduled for later today at 5:00pm CDT.

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Jennifer Tyrrell and Seth Adam, of GLAAD, prepare for an interview with Al Jezeera.

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Jennifer Tyrrell give an interview to the documentary team recording the 1,000+ mile journey of Dave and Joe McGrath.

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Eagle Scout Zach Wahls speaks with local Dallas CBS News affiliate reporters about today's internal vote.

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Openly gay actor and author George Takei took to his popular Facebook fan page to post a graphic showing his support for equality in Scouting!

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"Our chief focus has been to let Scout know that discrimination is not one of Scoutings values. Scout law tells us to be friendly and courteous and that excluding gay youth is none of those things."

– Zach Wahls appearing via audio on MSNBC this morning

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Jennifer Tyrrell and Cruz discuss today's vote on whether to change the policy banning gay members. 

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Gay scout Pascal Tessier is interviewed for the CBS Evening News.

11:00am CDT 5/23/2012

The internal vote of 1,400 Scouting leaders from 270 councils nationwide has begun. The vote will decide whether or not the Boy Scouts will drop their discriminatory ban on gay Scouts.

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GLAAD staff and GLAAD "intern" Cruz Burns, son of Jennifer Tyrrell, eagerly await the Boy Scouts of America's announcement on whether or not it will allow gay youth to join the organization.

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A recent ABC News-Washington Post poll found that 63 percent of Americans support the Boy Scouts plan to begin admitting gay Scouts younger than 18, and 56 percent oppose its intention to continue banning gay adults from the organization.

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In the photo above, National Geographic interviews Dave McGrath, who biked 1,000+ miles with his son Joe from Idaho Falls, ID to Dallas, TX to urger the BSA to adopt more inclusive policies for gay Scouts.

8:59am CDT 5/23/2013

The Washington Post published three op-eds by faith leaders, calling on the Boy Scouts to be inclusive of all Scouts. Two were published yesterday, and one was published today.

"Prepared for change: There have always been gay Boy Scouts" by Rev. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Church:

The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” This week, gay Boy Scouts are prepared for equality.  At the same time, they are prepared for discrimination.  They know that even if the policy changes to allow gay Boy Scouts, there will still be those who discriminate.  There will be those who are frightened by change and by the full range of human expression of love and family. National leaders of the Boy Scouts, BE PREPARED to look into the eyes of real boys, and take the next step toward equality.

"Boy Scouts: Change is good — and Mormons agree" by Kevin Kloosterman, former Mormon Bishop:

I was excited and enthused when I heard the church recently came out in support of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) moving towards ending the ban against gay scouts.  This was a huge step for our faith tradition that has such strong ties to scouting.  In fact, our church sponsors 25% of all local Cub and Boy Scout groups.  Many in our faith community previously believed that if the scouts took the step towards inclusion, the church would abandon scouting and start their own activity program.  It appears this won’t be the case and I could not be more pleased.  This important inclusionary step will harmonize with current church policy.

While I am excited and energized about this progress, there will continue to be a ban on gay leaders.  This is extremely unfortunate because it continues to promote the atrocious myths and stereotypes that have long been assigned to our gay friends, family, and neighbors.  These myths promote fear, misunderstanding, discrimination, hate and even lead to violence against our sisters and brothers.  They also send the wrong message to our youth.

"Boy Scouts: It’s time to end the gay ban!" by Rev. Susan Russell, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA:

As the mother of two former Boy Scouts, as the daughter of a former Cub Scout Den Mother and as a priest and pastor I am paying attention as the Boy Scouts’ National Council gathers in Dallas this week to vote on a resolution on the Boy Scouts’ longstanding ban on gay members. And my message to them as they gather is that it is time for that ban to end.

It is time for the Boy Scouts to walk the talk of their diversity statement (“Scouts come from all walks of life, all types of family units, faiths, and racial and ethnic groups”) and to live out the Scout oath “to help other people at all times” by removing the asterisk after “other people*” that reads “*unless they are gay kids wanting to experience the gifts that Scouting offers.”

8:56am CDT 5/23/2013

Reminder: Today is a the official decision day for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to announce the outcome of their internal vote deciding whether or not they will move forward to begin dropping their ban on gay membership. We will be updating with news all day.

8:50am CDT 5/23/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell and her son Cruz Burns were interviewed by the local Dallas Fox news affiliate this morning.

8:41am CDT 5/23/2013

The New York Times has published a comprehensive story about today's vote in the Boy Scouts, outlining the work that GLAAD has done, as well as hearing from leaders like Jennifer Tyrrell and Zach Wahls.

Glaad and other rights groups took up the cause, enlisting celebrities like Madonna, who wore a Boy Scout uniform to an awards ceremony, and publicizing calls for change by corporate executives whose companies embrace gay and lesbian employees. Nearly two million people signed online petitions on Change.Org, calling on the Boy Scouts to end discrimination.

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Check out photos from today:

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Wayne Perry, the president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), published a piece on USA Today's website entitled "Boy Scouts: Let in gay boys" stating his belief in the importance of moving forward with new, more inclusive, membership policies. He write that "The change to the Boy Scouts of America's membership policy is not the result of pressure from outside; it is the result of extensive dialogue within the Scouting family. Parents, adults in the Scouting community and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting. The resolution is not about adults; it is about what is best for young people."

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Will Oliver is pictured above being interviewed by the CW's local Dallas news affiliate.

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Cruz Burns, son of Jennifer Tyrrell, wins big during some downtime during his mom's fight for their family's equality at the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX.

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Jennifer Tyrrell's son, Cruz Burns, takes advantage of some downtime after the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX. He scored!

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Jennifer Tyrrell and her son Cruz Burns at the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX. They came down to urge the Boy Scouts of America to support a new inclusive membership policy.

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Scouts add their signatures to Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell's petition.

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The Equal Scouting Summit press conference, a collaboration of efforts by GLAAD, Scouts for Equality (SFE), the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN), and Change.org comes to a close.

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Jennifer Tyrrell, an Ohio mom ousted from leading her son's Cub Scout Pack, watches the speakers during the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX with her son Cruz Burns.

1:58pm CDT 5/22/2013

Mark Anthony Dingbaum, a senior campaign manager at Change.org, speaks to the assembled media and audience at the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX about his work with the petition starters.

Quotes from Mark Anthony Dingbaum's speech include:

"The national campaign to end the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy stemmed from, was furthered by, and will be won as a result of everyday people telling their stories. And that’s what Change.org is all about."

"By going to Change.org/Boyscouts, you’ll quickly notice hundreds of petitions launched by Boy Scouts, Scout leaders, and Scout families, just like the brave people standing here today. These Scouts and Scout leaders -- gay and straight -- have collected more than 1.8 million signatures urging the Boy Scouts to end its anti-gay policy. With the support of GLAAD and Scouts for Equality, Scouts and Scout leaders have used Change.org petitions to convince two Boy Scout national board members -- Ernst & Young CEO James Turley and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson -- to call for an end to discrimination in Scouting. They’ve successfully petitioned major Boy Scout donors like Intel and UPS to withhold funding until all youth and adults are allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts of America. Petitions convinced music artists Train and Carly Rae Jepsen -- who were slated to headline the Boy Scouts National Jamboree this summer -- to turn down the Boy Scouts’ invitation in the name of equality and fairness."

"In fact, after the Boy Scouts reaffirmed that they would be sticking by their anti-gay policy last summer, it was Zach Wahls who launched a Change.org petition urging the Boy Scouts of America to bring this issue to a vote. The vote that’s happening tomorrow. And across the country, Scouts, Scout leaders, and Scout families launched more than 100 Change.org petitions urging local Boy Scout councils to vote to end discrimination in Scouting."

"Moreso than ever before, everyday people have found their voice, and are able to make real and lasting change, by mobilizing their friends, their family, and their community online. And this is just the beginning."

1:54pm CDT 5/22/2013

Pascal Tessier, brother of Change.org petition starter Lucien Tessier, was denied his Eagle Award after years devoted to Scouting simply for being openly gay. Today he speaks to the crowd gathered at the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX about his experiences.

Quotes from Pascal's speech include:

"I'm a Boy Scout who’s near completing his requirements for Eagle—Scouting’s highest rank. I happen to be gay, but there's more to me than my sexual orientation. I play the electric guitar. I write poetry. (Some of it even gets published). I’m completely at home in the outdoors. And, like most teenage boys, I like to play video games and hang out with my friends."

"My older brother Lucien and I have a lot in common. We've both dedicated many years of our lives to the Boy Scouts of America. We're both openly gay. And until recently, neither of us has ever been rejected—anywhere—for being honest about who we are. A big difference between Lucien and me is that he’s already gotten his Eagle award. I’m close to finishing the requirements, but I will still have to be approved by the Boy Scouts of America."

"Recently, a spokesperson for our local Boy Scout council in DC -- the National Capital Area Council -- said that because I'm openly gay, it would impossible for me to achieve Eagle -- the rank I’ve been working toward since I joined Boy Scouts. It’s hard to understand. Being gay doesn’t define who I am—to me or my family or my friends— but the Boy Scouts’ membership policy will exclude me based on that one quality—regardless of my having earned all the merit badges required for Eagle and everything else I’ve done in Scouting."

"The majority of the Scouting community agrees that every Scout deserves a chance to get his Eagle. In fact, Boy Scouts own internal survey found that more than 90% of Boy Scout Councils think it’s unacceptable to deny and Eagle Scout award based on sexual orientation. It’s time for the discrimination policy to end."

"We’ve been a Scouting family all my life. Our values are Boy Scout values: honesty, integrity, bravery, kindness. I’ve been raised to believe that community service is expected of me. Pinewood Derby competitions and going camping and earning merit badges have been a huge part of our lives. For my brother, the culmination—the proudest moment of his years of Scouting—was the moment he received his Eagle award. I want to experience that moment, too."

"Tomorrow, the Boy Scouts have an opportunity to live by the values they teach and vote to end discrimination in Scouting. My future participation in Scouting depends on it -- as does the membership of countless others across the country -- gay and straight -- who value fairness and equality."

1:48pm CDT 5/22/2013

It is openly gay Change.org petition starter and Eagle Scout Will Oliver's turn to take to the podium to share his story.

Quotes from Will's speech include:

"Earlier this spring, as families tuned in to watch the premiere of “Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?” many were impressed and entertained by how “tough” the Eagle Scouts are in the new series. Unfortunately, what viewers did not see on National Geographic Channel is how tough Scouting can be for gay teens who serve among Boy Scouts of America’s ranks."

"It’s been tough for Pascal Tessier, a 16-year-old Boy Scout who is not allowed to earn his Eagle because of his sexual orientation, like his brother did before him. Like my brothers and I did. It’s been tough for Jennifer Tyrrell, a dedicated Den Mother who as you just heard, was forced out of her troop and who must explain to her sons why their family isn’t welcome in the Boy Scouts of America. That’s why, with the support of GLAAD, I launched a petition on Change.org, calling on National Geographic Channel to disavow the Boy Scouts’ policy banning gay youth and adults. And I’m thrilled to report that National Geographic took my words to heart. One of their executives issued support for my campaign in the New York Times, and when GLAAD and I delivered my Change.org petition to their Washington, DC offices, National Geographic invited me to write a guest blog post that was featured on their site the night that “Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?” aired."

"The Boy Scouts own membership data shows a steady decline, especially in its entry-level Cub Scouting program. That’s because young parents don’t support organizations that discriminate. And young people definitely don’t."

"In my 12 years of Scouting, I was fortunate to have the support of my Scouting community. I’m one of four brothers – all Eagle Scouts – and both my parents were involved in the troop throughout our participation. Regardless of whether I felt “different” from my fellow Scouts, I was welcomed, and I was strongly encouraged in my path toward Eagle Scout. I was voted into the Order of the Arrow, an honor society recognizing Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law. When I earned Eagle, it never occurred to me that I should be treated differently. I had the assurance that it is the content of my character, and not my sexual orientation, that defines who I am."

"In the weeks since launching the petition, I’ve heard from hundreds Scouts and leaders like Pascal and Jennifer, who have been humiliated or insulted by the policy, sometimes to the point of bullying or harassment."

"I’m committed to helping the Boy Scouts find their way."

1:44pm CDT 5/22/2013

Change.org petition starter Greg Bourke, who was ousted as a Scout leader in August of 2012 take to the podium at the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX to share his story.

Quotes from Greg Bourke's speech include:

"My husband, Michael DeLeon, and I have been in long term committed relationship for 31 years. We were also legally married in Canada nine years ago."

"I have been a registered Girl Scout leader for 8 years. In addition I have been actively scouting with my son for eight years, and for five years I was a registered Boy Scout leader. I had been serving as Assistant Scoutmaster for four years in my son’s troop when I was forced to resign last year because I am gay. Prior to that I had been fully BSA trained and never had any controversy or incident with my troop, council or the BSA in my long tenure as a Scout leader. As a scout leader I always strictly followed and enforced BSA guidelines and regulations.  Shortly after the BSA forced me out, I received a special “Legislative Citation” from the state of Kentucky House of Representatives recognizing my significant contributions and dedication to the Scouting programs."

"I don’t know what the BSA requirements are for morally straight, but I wish they would come over here and tell me what I am doing or not doing in my life that it finds so reprehensible that I should not be allowed to continue on as an adult leader for my son and all the other boys have been working with for many years in Troop 325.  Even if the proposed revision to the membership policy is passed tomorrow, the BSA will still bar adults like me from serving as leaders, even in troops with our own children. That is wrong. That is discrimination."

"31 years married. 14 years of parenting. 26 years of active church participation. 20 years of employment with same company. 8 years of responsible Scout leadership. My question is how many more years will I have to wait for the BSA to ends its discrimination against gay youth AND adults and adopts a policy of full non-discrimination?"

"It is time for the BSA stop fostering a climate where bullying, homophobia and discrimination can fester. It is time for the BSA to adopt a policy of full nondiscrimination. BSA, it is time for real change."

1:42pm CDT 5/22/2013

Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality (SFE), and his little "colleauge" Cruz Burns are pictured above at the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX.

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Video of some of the speakers and press on location at the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX.

1:35pm CDT 5/22/2013

Cruz Burns, whose mother Jennifer Tyrrell was asked to leave his Cub Scout Pack because she is gay in April 2012, speaks to Dave McGrath, a former Scout and military veteran who rode his bike 1,000+ miles from Idaho Falls, ID to Dallas, TX to urge to Boy Scouts to drop their discriminatory anti-gay policies.

1:33pm CDT 5/22/2013

Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality (SFE) takes to the podium and urges the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to drop their exclusionary policies and welcome all members.

Quotes from Zach's speech include:

"At last year's annual meeting of the Boy Scouts of America, I delivered nearly 300,000 petition signatures asking the Boy Scouts to end their ban on gay members. One year later, the BSA is on the verge of taking the first step forward and lifting their ban on gay youth in the program. Speaking as a straight, lifelong Scout, I'm thrilled to know that Scouting will soon, we pray, be open to all young men who will live by the Scout Oath and Law. A lot has happened in the interim. Last July, the Boy Scouts doubled down on their ban, and said it was the best policy for the organization. Since that time, Scouts for Equality has worked with incredible petition starters to gather more than 1.8 million petition signatures on Change.org."

"According to ABC News polling, a strong majority of Americans support ending the ban on gay Scouts and including a vast majority of people under the age of forty and even a plurality of self-identified conservatives. Further, according to the BSA's own internal research a majority of Scouting parents under the age of fifty support ending the ban on gay Scouts, and the vast majority of currently active Scouts support ending the ban. It is clear that if Scouting is not willing to move forward on this issue, it will be left behind by an America that supports our LGBT friends, neighbors, family members and even our fellow Scouts who made it through the program. America needs the values that Scouting has to offer now more than ever, and we cannot afford to lose this great cultural icon."

"President Reagan once reminded us of the Shining City on the Hill—a testament to that last great bastion of hope and freedom. There should be no doubt that for decades, the Boy Scouts of America has contributed to that radiance, but with the continued exclusion of LGBT Americans like my parents, Jackie and Terry, and young men who happen to be gay, the BSA darkens the light of those who would gladly serve their communities and country."

"Tomorrow's vote gives the BSA an opportunity to light a new path forward into the twenty-first century. We hope to see them on the other side."

1:28pm CDT 5/22/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mom who was ousted from her son's Cub Scout Pack in April 2012, speaks to the audience and gathered press at the Equal Scouting Summit.

Quotes from Jenn's speech include:

"My name is Jennifer Tyrrell and in April 2012, I got a phone call from my local Boy Scouts Council saying that I could no longer be the Den Leader of my son Cruz's Cub Scout pack because I'm gay. I was devastated. I can't really describe what it's like to have to look your 7 year-old in the eye and tell him you can't be part of Scouting because our family looks different than others. It was, and always will be, one of the hardest things I've ever had to do."

"Cruz just loved Scouting. I saw his confidence grow, his grades improved, he was making more friends. I don't think I've ever seen him happier, actually. And I felt the same way. From volunteering at the soup kitchen to cleaning up local parks, my goal was to show my pack that we could make a positive difference in our hometown of Bridgeport, Ohio. To them, I was never 'gay Den Leader Jen,' I was just 'Den Leader Jen.' At least, until I was kicked out."

"It wasn't until the other parents in my pack had to explain why I couldn't be there anymore that the topic of 'being gay' ever came up. Of course, a lot of the kids still didn't understand, but that's because these aren't kids that were taught discrimination as a value. These are kids who were taught – who I taught – to love everyone exactly the same. After I was removed from Cruz’s pack in April 2012, I connected with GLAAD, who helped me launch my first petition on Change.org. And 1.8 million petition signatures later, and countless trials and tears, we’re on the brink of history.

"No one – young or old – no one should ever be told they're not good enough because of who they are. Because I am good enough.  My family is good enough. The people around me are good enough. And the Boy Scouts of America is better than this."

1:25pm CDT 5/22/2013

GLAAD Vice President of Communications Rich Ferraro takes the podium to speak about bringing equality to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

12:54pm CDT 5/22/2013

Former Scouts and military personell Dave and Joe McGrath speak to the press after their 1,000+ mile bicycle journey riding from Idaho Falls, ID to Dallas, TX. They are at the annual BSA national meeting to urge the Boy Scouts to vote today to move forward towards inclusive membership for gay Scouts.

12:47pm CDT 5/22/2013

Zach Wahls speaking at the Equal Scouting Summit in Dallas, TX. He urges the BSA to adopt the more inclusive proposed policy.

12:45pm CDT 5/22/2013

Cruz Burns, son of ousted gay Cub Scout Pack leader Jennifer Tyrrell, checking out the photos of his mom's fight for equality.

12:42pm CDT 5/22/2013

Video of the founders of Scouts for Equality (SFE), Scouts for All (SFA), and Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN) speaking out against the Boy Scout's anti-gay ban.

12:40pm CDT 5/22/2013

Cruz Burns, son of Jennifer Tyrrell, signs his mother's Boy Scout Handbook.

12:37pm CDT 5/22/2013

The founders of Scouts for Equality (SFE), Scouts for All (SFA), and Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN) speak out against the Boy Scout's anti-gay ban.

"I believe Scouting is needed now more than ever before." said Dave Knapp, who started in Scouting in 1938 at the age of 12. He was ousted because he is gay in the 1990s

12:30pm CDT 5/22/2013

Zach Wahls take to the podium surrounded by the 1.8 million signatures collected at Change.org by GLAAD and Scouts for Equality (SFE) to urge the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to pass today proposition, which would move to begin dropping it's discriminatory ban on gay membership.

12:22pm CDT 5/22/2013

Press are almost ready to go for the this afternoon's press conference organized by GLAAD, Scouts for Equality (SFE), and the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN) on site in Dallas, TX.

12:15pm CDT 5/22/2013

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is voting today on a crucial proposition that could begin to bring inclusiveness to the Boy Scouts. GLAAD is on site with Scouts for Equality (SFE), Scouting for All (SFA), the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN), and other groups urging the Boy Scouts to move forward on equality in it's membership.

12:12pm CDT 5/22/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell and her son Cruz Burns are on site with a physical copy of their petition to the BSA for those in Dallas, TX to sign.

12:10pm CDT 5/22/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell speaks with the local NBC news affiliate.

11:45am CDT 5/22/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell asks other scouts to sign a copy of the Boy Scouts Handbook. Pictured above is Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls' signature.

11:30am CDT 5/22/2013

Dave and Joe McGrath, who have biked from Idaho Falls, ID, have arrived to the Boy Scouts annual national meeting in Dallas, TX! Dave is the father of Joe and 5 other sons, two of which are gay but all of which have been involved in Scouting. Both have also been invovled with the US military. Joe, who recently returned from a year-long deployment in Kuwait, previously stated that "There's people out there who aren't given the chance to go to Boy Scouts, or, you know, it's something they love and all of a sudden they're getting kicked out," about gay Scouts under the BSA's current discriminatory policies.

11:25am CDT 5/22/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell talks to a reporter from the New York Times about tomorrow's vote to change the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory policy.

11:15am CDT 5/22/2013

GLAAD's team on the ground is waitng to welcome Dave and Joe McGrath, the pair of bikers who've ridden to the annual BSA national meeting from Idaho Falls, ID. The entire McGrath family is deeply rooted in Scouting and has been urging the Boy Scouts to drop their ban on gay members.

11:00am CDT - 5/22/2013

Former Boy Scout leader James Dale asks you to share your experiences in Scouting.

10:45am CDT - 5/22/2013

Representatives from Scouts for Equality (SFE), Scouting for All (SFA), and the Inclusive Scout Network (ISN) on the ground in Dallas.

10:40am CDT - 5/22/2013

Cruz Burns, whose mother Jennifer Tyrrell was ousted from his Cub Scouts pack for being gay, playing in Dallas while his mother helps to try and bring equality to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for their family.

10:35am CDT - 5/22/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell speaks to the Los Angeles Times about the Boy Scouts of America's upcoming vote to end discrimination. Pictured is her son Cruz and a Change.org staffer. GLAAD has been working closely with Jennifer, Cruz and Change.org to bring equality to the Boy Scouts.

10:30am CDT - 5/22/2013

GLAAD and Scouts for Equality (SFE) have presented the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) with 1.8 million signatures in support of inclusive Scouting. The Alliance Defending Freedom announced today that it could only collect less than 19,000 signatures in support of continuing the discriminatory gay ban.

10:08am CDT - 5/22/2013

Jennifer Tyrrell and Zach Wahls on the ground in Dallas preparing to speak to gathered Scouts, Scouting leaders, families, and the media about inclusive Scouting.

10:00am CDT - 5/22/2013

GLAAD, Scout for Equality (SFE), and the Inclusive Scouting Network (ISN) prepare for the days press events.

9:00am CDT - 5/22/2013

GLAAD is on the ground in Dallas for the annual national meeting of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). With us are Jennifer Tyrrell, ousted openly-gay mother from Ohio, pictured above with her son Cruz. Also on the ground in Dallas with GLAAD and Scouts for Equality (SFE) are Zach Wahls, Will Oliver, Brad Hankins, Justin Bickford, Greg Bourke, Pascal Tessier and mother Tracie Felker, and Mark Anthony Dingbaum of Change.org.