Milestones in GLAAD's Boy Scouts of America campaign
Milestones in GLAAD's Boy Scouts of America campaign
April 17, 2012 - Jennifer Tyrrell creates a Change.org petition calling on the Boy Scouts of America to reinstate her to her post as den leader.
April 27, 2012 - Ohio River Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America Board member David J. Sims announces his resignation in support of Jennifer Tyrrell.
May 7, 2012 - GLAAD launches Mother's Day campaign urging celebrities and others to support Jennifer and equality within the Boy Scouts.
May 8, 2012 - California lawmakers on Tuesday nixd a resolution that would honor the Boy Scouts, instead opting for a measure pushing the org to adopt more LGBT-friendly policies.
May 29, 2012 - After hearing Jennifer's story at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, singer Kat Graham dedicates her performance of “Put Your Graffiti On Me” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to Jennifer.
May 30, 2012 - Eagle Scout Zach Wahls delivers more than 275,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts of America at its National Annual Meeting in Florida, calling on the group to end its long history of anti-gay discrimination and reinstate Jennifer.
June 3, 2012 - Jennifer Tyrrell is joined on stage at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco by local scouts and leaders.
June 6, 2012 - Sources confirm that Boy Scout officials have proposed a new policy -- which could be voted on as early as 2013 -- that would allow local chartering organizations to decide whether or not to accept gay youth and leaders.
June 12, 2012 - James Turley, the Global Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young who is also a Board member of the Boy Scouts of America, issues a statement in which he disagrees with the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders and supports a proposed resolution to end the ban.
June 24, 2012 - TV icon and former Boy Scout George Takei joins Jennifer Tyrrell as well as GLAAD and local scouts at the 43rd Annual NYC Pride March
June 28, 2012 - Jennifer Tyrrell's petition reaches over 300,000 signatures!
July 17, 2012 - Boy Scouts officials tell the Associated Press that a secret committee had decided it will continue to maintain the ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders.
July 18, 2012 - Jennifer Tyrrell delivers more than 300,000 petition signatures and met with Boy Scout officials at the Boy Scouts’ headquarters on Wednesday, calling for the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban
July 18, 2012 - George Takei takes to his blog to criticizes the Boy Scouts’ decision to maintain ban.
July 18, 2012 - Zach Wahls launches a Change.org petition calling on the Boy Scouts to let its Executive Board vote on a resolution that would end the ban once and for all.
July 20, 2012 - Martin Cizmar, the arts and culture editor of Portland Oregon's Williamette Weekly, returns his Eagle Scout medal to the Boy Scouts.
July 20, 2012 - A spokesperson for Washington Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says that the candidate, who is the state attorney general and an Eagle Scout, disagrees with the Boy Scouts' decision to maintain its ban.
July 20, 2012 - Major League Soccer announces it will not renew contract with Boy Scouts.
July 25, 2012 - Ten staffers at a California Boy Scouts camp resign in a show of support for fellow staffer and Eagle Scout Tim Griffin, who was because he’s gay.
August 4, 2012 - Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney stands by 1994 statement supporting the end to the Boy Scouts' ban on gay Americans.
August 15, 2012 - Fired scout leader Tim Griffin delivers 70,000 signatures to Golden Empire Boy Scouts Council urging the council to reinstate Griffin and reject the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay scouts and leaders.
September 18, 2012 - Former Assistant Scoutmaster Greg Bourke launches Change.org petition calling on the Lincoln Heritage Council to reject the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy and reinstate him to his position.
September 21, 2012 - After Zach Wahls launched a Change.org petition, Intel announced that it has stopped funding Boy Scouts troops that follow the discriminatory national policy.
September 29, 2012 - A group of Eagle Scouts and their families march with supporters in the Gainesville Pride Parade and Festival as Scouts for Equality in support of the Inclusive Scouting Network.
October 5, 2012 - California mom Karen Andresen issues a statement after the national spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America shared the alleged reasons why the BSA rejected her son Ryan, who has served as a scout for more than 12 years.
October 11, 2012 - A Beverly Massachusetts Cub Scout pack publicly rejects the Boy Scouts of America policy that bans gay scouts and scout leaders.
October 18, 2012 - Ryan Andresen delivers more than 400,000 Change.org petition signatures to Mt. Dialbo-Silverado Boy Scout Council in Pleasant Hill.
October 25, 2012 - A conservative Jewish day school in West Orange, New Jersey announces it will not renew its Boy Scout charter for 2013 because of the national Scouting organization’s policy banning gay scouts and scout leaders.
November 12, 2012 - The UPS Foundation joins a growing number of corporate leaders in providing financial support to those organizations that align with the company’s non-discrimination policy. Under this policy, the Boy Scouts of America is no longer eligible for grants from the UPS Foundation.
November 30, 2012 - The California Assembly announces it will honor Ryan Andresen.
December 4, 2012 - Zach Wahls launches a Change.org petition calling on Verizon to stop donating to the Boy Scouts until the group ends its policy banning gay scouts and leaders.
December 10, 2012 - The Merck Foundation becomes the latest corporate leader to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.
January 2, 2012 – Parenting Magazine names Jennifer Tyrrell one of the Best Parents of 2012.
January 11, 2012 - Executives at the Boy Scouts of America feign ‘tight control’ of the organization, despite mounting pressure from within their own ranks to end the group’s anti-gay policies.
January 17, 2012 - Mataguay Scout Ranch program director Derek Nance comes out out in an It Gets Better video posted on YouTube and speaks out against the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policies.
January 23, 2012 - GLAAD joins Scouts for Equality and 20 year-old Eagle Scout Will Oliver to call on the National Geographic Channel to denounce the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.
January 25, 2012 - The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of the Boy Scouts threatens to remove a Maryland Cub Scout pack for posting a statement on its website saying it won’t discriminate against gay members.
January 26, 2012 - Pack 422 says it was forced to remove a non-discrimination statement from its website after the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) threatened to revoke the Pack's charter.
January 28, 2013 - News broke that the Boy Scouts of America is "actively considering" an end to the policy that bans gay scouts and leaders following a campaign by GLAAD, Scouts for Equality and others.
Since April 2012, GLAAD has been leading the national campaign urging the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to end its ban on gay Scouts and adult leaders. See milestones from this campaign and learn more.
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