Jennifer Tyrrell, GLAAD, and Scouts for Equality are launching a new petition in order to urge the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to completely life the ban on adult employees and volunteers who are lesbian or gay. The BSA is ready to live the ban on LGBT youth, though.
Tyrrell, who is from Bridgeport, Ohio, served as den mother for her son’s Cub Scout pack for roughly a year before being forced out. She stated “No parent should ever have to look their children in the eyes and tell them their family isn’t good enough. But the Boy Scouts’ current proposal forces gay parents and adult leaders to do just that.”
According to GLAAD “More than 120 groups and individuals who are experts in the fields of sexual abuse prevention, psychology, psychiatry, education coaching, and faith outreach have signed an open letter, debunking the myths and stereotypes that opponents of LGBT participation have been basing their arguments upon.”
LGBT advocate Dana Rudolph stated that “Lesbian and gay parents have proven themselves time and time again to be dedicated, caring, and trustworthy Scout leaders and volunteers, as evidenced by Jennifer and many others who have served in welcoming local Scout groups. It is shameful that the Boy Scouts have chosen to stigmatize Jennifer’s son by not letting his parents participate in the same way as those of his peers.”
Even the Boy Scouts have affirmed through their own and independent research that “Most of the research on the effect on children of associating with self-identified homosexual adults has been done about homosexual parents. The clear conclusion from this research is that there appear to be no effects on children’s adjustment, mental health or sexual orientation.”
GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro sai that “Scouting shouldn’t come with an expiration date. If enacted, this resolution would not only force out gay Scouts once they turn 18, it would also continue discriminating against gay adults and parents, who simply want to take part in their children’s lives. If the Boy Scouts are going to move toward inclusion, they shouldn’t take half a step forward – they should follow the lead of other national youth organizations and adopt a fully inclusive policy that leaves no child or parent behind.”
Tyrrell recently changed the original wording of her petition so that it falls in line with the current proposal.