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Lesbian Den Mother Kicked Out Of Boy Scouts

Lesbian Den Mother

Jennifer Tyrrell loved spending time with her 7-year-old son at Boy Scouts of America meetings and outings but that quality time between mom and son drew to an end recently when the organization booted Jennifer, not because she is a female participating in all all boys club, but rather because the organization doesn’t allow open or avowed gay people into their ranks.

Terrell learned of her removal on April 10 and recently told MSNBC:

“We were like a family, so in essence … we lost our scouting family, but they also lost two members of their scouting family,”

“The best time in our lives we’ve had in the last year, it’s gone … because we can’t be scouts any more. I can’t stop crying.”

Here’s the kicker, the 32-year-old mother of four was asked by the local chapter to become a Den mother after a Cubmaster for the local chapter said they could care less if she was homosexual.

In the meantime national spokesman Deron Smith stands behind the organizations decision, telling the Associated Press:

“This policy was understood by her and her fellow volunteers, but not followed, upon her registering in the program.”

Since being removed from the organization Jennifer Tyrrell and her friends have started a campaign against the Boy Scouts, a campaign that has received more than 170,000 signatures.

In the meantime, the organization will likely stand by its homophobic ways, in 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Boys Scouts of America after an Assistant Scoutmaster who was gay lost their position.

Tyrrell argues that her case is different because questions about her sexual orientation never came up, boys in the troop simply accepted that her son Cruz had two moms.

In the meantime the former den mother says she will continue to push for change at the organizations national level.

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62 Responses to “Lesbian Den Mother Kicked Out Of Boy Scouts”

  1. Robin Wilder

    THIS CRAP HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH! DO WE REALLY CARE WHO SLEEPS WITH WHO? IS IT ANY OF OUR BUSINESS? I'M STRAIGHT AND I SLEEP ALONE…DOES ANYONE GIVE A RATS ASS? DOES THAT EFFECT MY ABILITY TO MENTOR A GROUP OF KIDS? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! DUH. SORRY TO SAY, I BELIEVE IT HAS BECOME A DUH! WORLD.

  2. Velvet Michael

    She should check out Camp Fire USA, or Boys Clubs of America! This stuff with the Boy Scouts is getting way out of control. Sounds like she was a good den mother and no one had any issues except a bunch of homophobic posers. Get a life for crying out loud.

  3. Megan Angel

    I find this ridiculous. If you won't allow gay/lesbians parents, they you shouldn't allow divorced parents, remarried parents, single parents, etc. To Jennifer Tyrell, all my prayers and wishes go with you and yours.

  4. Sandra I Riddick

    I think this is discrimination as long as she didn't pose life style or her way of living what'the problem! C mon people this is 2012 and gay people aren't going way, so deal with it!

  5. Kimberly Smith Stone

    These people are pathetic (the BSA). What an ignorant policy! Oh yes, let's kick out openly gay people who are giving freely of their time and energy to benefit kids. This will make more room for "normal" people, like pedophiles, (who are notorious for their ability to hide their true nature) to volunteer to spend quality time with our kids. What a bunch of idiots!

  6. Christy M. Coleman

    I completely agree, when are we as a world judge people on who we are instead of what we are? She was probably the best den mother they had. I only pray one day the world will open its eyes and hearts…..

  7. Travis Maxwell

    thats so wrong… If people want to live an ignorant life and show people they have no common sense thats their choice but dont affect the lives of others due to ignorance. Gay/lesbian people have just as much rights to be part of a community as straight people. Wise up people and then grow up. Let people live their own lives.

  8. Rachel Elizabeth Mortensen

    The BSA is a privatly held group with set rules and standards, if you don't like those rules and standards find a different group. I fully support BSA's continued stand of thier traditions.

  9. Damian Don Farnworth

    Honestly, Rachel, they teach understanding and tolerance and don't show any of it. While having traditions are fine it is traditionally accepted to burn witches at the stake, it is traditionally accepted to pursecute those of the jewish faith, however these traditions are now voided and seen as bigotry. Shouldn't the BSA follow their own teachings in tolerance?

  10. Peggy Bradbury

    When I took over my son's WEBELOS troop because the male leader couldn't bother to show up to lead his son's troop, in 1987, I couldn't "legally" be leader, only men, so my husband's name was used. Two or three years later, the rules had changed, so the next leader could lead in her own name. If she's willing to do the work, LET HER!

  11. Cybil Lee

    We are taught in Church, Sunday school and reading the Bible to love thy neighbor, and no one judges another, that is Gods job. At the same time the Bible also says, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination" Leviticus 18:22.
    "Do you not know that the righteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" " Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor Homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 I am not a hater, but as Christians we are given guide lines to live by, and God's word. How is it that people today try to tweak God's word so it makes them feel good about what they are doing? If this situation was reversed and it was a gay man taking your daughters and sons camping what then say you. I love my neighbors but I don't have to be exposed to their ways. I'm not going to apologize for the way I feel, just like I don't expect anyone else to apologize for the way they feel….

  12. Cybil Lee

    Damian Don Farnworth We are taught in Church, Sunday school and reading the Bible to love thy neighbor, and no one judges another, that is Gods job. At the same time the Bible also says, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination" Leviticus 18:22
    "Do you not know that the righteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" " Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor Homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 I am not a hater, but as Christians we are given guide lines to live by, and God's word. How is it that people today try to tweak God's word so it makes them feel good about what they are doing? If this situation was reversed and it was a gay man taking your daughters and sons camping what then say you. I love my neighbors but I don't have to be exposed to their ways. I'm not going to apologize for the way I feel, just like I don't expect anyone else to apologize for the way they feel….

  13. Cybil Lee

    Sandra u r a freaking idiot…. God word doesn't change because it is 2012 We are taught in Church, Sunday school and reading the Bible to love thy neighbor, and no one judges another, that is Gods job. At the same time the Bible also says, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination" Leviticus 18:22
    "Do you not know that the righteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" " Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor Homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 I am not a hater, but as Christians we are given guide lines to live by, and God's word. How is it that people today try to tweak God's word so it makes them feel good about what they are doing? If this situation was reversed and it was a gay man taking your daughters and sons camping what then say you. I love my neighbors but I don't have to be exposed to their ways. I'm not going to apologize for the way I feel, just like I don't expect anyone else to apologize for the way they feel….

  14. Sandra I Riddick

    Cybil Lee Don't ever reply to me again unless you're going to say something to everyone who commented on this page! There are a lot of people who feel the same way I do about kicking this mother out of the Boys Scouts, so if you got something to say; say it to all-Don't bother me anymore because I am entitled to my own opinions you are the small minded one, so leave me alone!

  15. Cybil Lee

    Sandra I Riddick Girl u need an attitude adjustment. DON'T POST UR OPINION IF U DON'T WANT TO BE CALLED OUT ON IT…. I POSTED THE SAME THING FOR EVERYONE TO READ…. TRY READING IT AGAIN.

  16. Sandra I Riddick

    Cybil Lee Bitch leave me the fuck alone for I get you for harassment! I mean I will file charges against you too!

  17. Jan Briney

    Cybil Lee you perfect people make me puke. do you think God loves haters?

  18. Jan Briney

    Cybil Lee you are so ignorant. Sadly, you don't even know it.

  19. Cybil Lee

    Jan Briney I am not a hater, so u don't get to go there with me. My my my, u must be another one those kind of people that tweaks Gods words to make urself feel better about the wrong u do. I can voice my opinion like everyone else, and if u don't like it cram it where the sun don't shine. I am NOT perfect by no means so DO NOT JUDGE ME. That is not ur job. Do not bother ma again with ur asinine B%*L S&$T….

  20. Bob Shepard

    Since 1991, openly homosexual individuals have been officially prohibited from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America. We believe that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the requirement in the Scout Oath that a Scout be morally straight and in the Scout Law that a Scout be clean in word and deed, and that homosexuals do not provide a desirable role model for Scouts.

    Here's an idea… instead of bending US to YOUR will… why not start your own organization… the gay scouts of america? Hmmm?

  21. Rachel Elizabeth Mortensen

    Thank you Cybil Lee you said it better than I did. @Damian- the BSA isn't killing homosexuals and lesbians, they are telling them that their choice of lifestyle does not coincide with BSA's belife/value. structure, as is thier right as a private club to do so.

  22. Rachel Elizabeth Mortensen

    I do not hate people, nor is it my place to judge. That is God's job, and since I belive in Him it followes that I belive his teachings. Why is it that the homosexual/lesbian community is so demanding that society be open minded to thier lifestyle, yet they themselves have no tollerance for those that have different beliefs/lifestyles?

  23. Cybil Lee

    Travis Maxwell Don't tell me or anyone else we r ignorant for what we believe in. We are taught in Church, Sunday school and reading the Bible to love thy neighbor, and no one judges another, that is Gods job. At the same time the Bible also says, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination" Leviticus 18:22.
    "Do you not know that the righteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" " Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor Homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 I am not a hater, but as Christians we are given guide lines to live by, and God's word. How is it that people today try to tweak God's word so it makes them feel good about what they are doing? If this situation was reversed and it was a gay man taking your daughters and sons camping what then say you. I love my neighbors but I don't have to be exposed to their ways. I'm not going to apologize for the way I feel, just like I don't expect anyone else to apologize for the way they feel…. U may need to come down off that white horse ur on for awhile and stop judging and stereotyping people. If u want grace from others then u need to give grace….

  24. Jan Briney

    Cybil Lee you are the one quoting the Btble, not me. I am agnostic. I do not twist the words to suit screwed-up opinions of how everyone should lead their private lives, as you do.

  25. Cybil Lee

    Jan Briney OMG, will u freak'n grow up. I AM NOT PERFECT…. I AM NOT JUDGING ANYONE….I HAVE THE RIGHT TO QUOTE GOD'S WORD…. I HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO SPEAK MY OPINION…. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY U CONTINUE TO BERATE ME LIKE U ARE…. I KNOW YOU WILL BE AT THE TOP OF MY PRAYER LIST BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP TONIGHT…. GOD BLESS YOU….

  26. Jan Briney

    Bob, what makes you think that gays are not moral, or clean in word and deed?

  27. Jan Briney

    Cybil Lee are you a high school student? That explains everything.

  28. Jan Briney

    Bob Shepard –I see you're missing the point, as the uneducated often do. If we could all coexist peacefully and accept the fact that some people are different, our soldiers would not have been in Afghanistan for the past 11 years fighting American haters. Your "exclusive clubs" promote and encourage hate. Reminds me of the white supremacist movement in the 80's. Get with the 21st century grownup boys. Live and let live. Hope you can understand my answer to your question Bob. Peace and love, Jan.

  29. Statesman Florida

    Tough shit… It's a private organization and isn't therefore bound by the civil rights act of 1964… I have nothing against the LBGT community but they have to respect the rules of such organizations… There is a reason why there is a Girl Scouts because they wasn't allowed in the Boy Scouts. So, the women got smart and created their own scouting organization just for girls… How about taking a page from their book and create a Scouting organization for LBGT individuals…

  30. Sigurður Bjarnason

    You are wrong. BSA is not as such a privatly held group who can make what ever rules for them selfs.
    As long as they want to belong to the WOSM ( World Organisation of the Scout Movement) founded by the founder of Scouting Lord Baden Powell they have to obey and follow the fundimental prinsipals of Scouting wich are rules for member national organisations follow and were orginalli set down by Lord Baden Powell him self.
    Sigurður Bjarnason
    former International Comissioner
    Icelandic Boy Scout and Girl Guides assosiation.

  31. Sigurður Bjarnason

    You are wrong. BSA is not as such a privatly held group who can make what ever rules for them selfs.
    As long as they want to belong to the WOSM ( World Organisation of the Scout Movement) founded by the founder of Scouting Lord Baden Powell they have to obey and follow the fundimental prinsipals of Scouting wich are rules for member national organisations follow and were orginalli set down by Lord Baden Powell him self.
    Sigurður Bjarnason
    former International Comissioner
    Icelandic Boy Scout and Girl Guides assosiation.

  32. Angelique Londino Muro

    Dearest cybil. congrats! your faith is awe-inspiring. please remember, the word of God. Leviticus 19:27, “You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. Leviticus 18:19, it reads “You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness.” Leviticus 19:19 which states “You shall not let your animals breed with a different kind; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed; nor shall you put on a garment made of two different materials"…. the word of God is NEVER CHANGING…HMMMMM???

  33. Bob Shepard

    And … Jan … you still haven't answered my question. Why is it so important to you that the BSA change/bend to the gay and lesbian will? Why not start your own organization … the gay scouts of america? JUST answer the question.

  34. Bob Shepard

    Why not start your own organization? The gay scouts of america? Why should everyone have to bend to your will?

  35. Bob Shepard

    I think not! Allow the lesbian and you have to allow gay men. It's just common sense that the lifestyle will be an issue!

  36. Bob Shepard

    @Kimberly … Why not start your own organization … the gay scouts of america? Why must everyone else bend to YOUR will? Have you considered the possiblity that you are the intolerant one here???

  37. Bob Shepard

    Damian Don Farnworth … @Damian … Why not start your own organization … the gay scouts of america? Why must everyone else bend to YOUR will??????

  38. Bob Shepard

    Jan Briney … Sounds like you are the intolerant one here Jan. Why not start your own organization … the gay scouts of america??? Hmmm? Just answer the question!!!!

  39. Bob Shepard

    @Christy … Why not start your own organization … the gay scouts of america? Hmmm? Why must everyone else bend to YOUR will?????

  40. Bob Shepard

    @Sandra … Why not start your own organization … the gay scouts of america? Why must everyone else bend to YOUR will????

  41. Bob Shepard

    @Peggy … Why not start your own organization … the gay scouts of america? Why must everyone else bend to YOUR will????

  42. Bob Shepard

    @Orville … I think not. Why not start your own organization … the gay scouts of america? Why must everyone else bend to YOUR will????

  43. Bob Shepard

    (Reuters) – The Boy Scouts of America announced it would continue to deny membership to gay scouts and scout leaders on Tuesday, saying the policy would protect the rights of families that prefer to address issues of sexuality in private.

    The decision was the result of a two-year evaluation by the organization prompted by repeated rancor over the policy, both for and against, with celebrities, CEOs and Boy Scout activists weighing in.

    "The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting," said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of Boy Scouts of America.

    "While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society," he said.

    The study, begun in 2010, was conducted by a committee of volunteers and professional leaders that reflected "a diversity of perspectives and opinions," the organization said.

    No further action would be taken on the matter, the statement said.

    The Boy Scouts of America in 2000 won a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the organization to ban gays whose conduct, the Boy Scouts argued, violated its values.

  44. Bob Shepard

    Retired Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, newly installed executive vice president of the Family Research Council, praised the Boy Scouts of America for “standing up for traditional values” by reaffirming the Scout policy barring homosexual scoutmasters and scouts.

    “I think that we should all be applauding the Boy Scouts and the leadership for the decision that they have made, particularly given the fact that other similar organizations have not stood firm in terms of their traditional values on this thing,” Boykin told CNSNews.com Tuesday.

    Gen. Boykin, the former commanding general of all Green Beret/Special Forces units in the U.S, and a former top commander of the Army’s elite Delta Force counter-terrorist unit, said the Scouts are simply acting in the best interests of the young boys in Scouting.

    “I would say that if you look at the fact that there are many documented incidents of the abuse of young boys by homosexual scout leaders, the Boy Scouts are actually protecting the young men that are part of the Boy Scouts by ensuring that there are no homosexual predators associated with them,” Boykin said.

    He added: “That is not to say that every homosexual is a pedophile, but there have certainly been many incidents that have been documented that reflect that there is a problem. So the Boy Scouts have a moral obligation to protect scouts from this type of thing.”.

    But Boykin, author of the book, “Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom,” pointed to the fact that the Boy Scouts were created by Christians and that many scout units are associated with churches. Roughly one-third of all Boy Scout chapters today, he said, are associated with the Mormon Church.

    “Every entity in America is under pressure now to accept the whole concept that homosexuality is a normal lifestyle, and obviously much of the Christian Church – not all of it, but much of it — and, certainly, the Mormon Church, still holds to traditional values and finds homosexuality to be a choice and not something that you’re born with,” Boykin said.

    It’s not discrimination, Boykin said, for groups to subscribe to traditional values – “the values that formed America,” he said – and to insist that members of such groups stand up for those values.

    “In America, we believe in the whole concept of liberty,” Boykin said. “For us as a nation to believe that there cannot be any institutions in America to hold to traditional values, I think, is very ill-conceived. We ought to be able to make a free choice as Americans, and as organizations in America, as to how we want to conduct ourselves and our business.”.

  45. Bob Shepard

    Retired Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, newly installed executive vice president of the Family Research Council, praised the Boy Scouts of America for “standing up for traditional values” by reaffirming the Scout policy barring homosexual scoutmasters and scouts.

    “I think that we should all be applauding the Boy Scouts and the leadership for the decision that they have made, particularly given the fact that other similar organizations have not stood firm in terms of their traditional values on this thing,” Boykin told CNSNews.com Tuesday.

    Gen. Boykin, the former commanding general of all Green Beret/Special Forces units in the U.S, and a former top commander of the Army’s elite Delta Force counter-terrorist unit, said the Scouts are simply acting in the best interests of the young boys in Scouting.

    “I would say that if you look at the fact that there are many documented incidents of the abuse of young boys by homosexual scout leaders, the Boy Scouts are actually protecting the young men that are part of the Boy Scouts by ensuring that there are no homosexual predators associated with them,” Boykin said.

    He added: “That is not to say that every homosexual is a pedophile, but there have certainly been many incidents that have been documented that reflect that there is a problem. So the Boy Scouts have a moral obligation to protect scouts from this type of thing.”.

    But Boykin, author of the book, “Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom,” pointed to the fact that the Boy Scouts were created by Christians and that many scout units are associated with churches. Roughly one-third of all Boy Scout chapters today, he said, are associated with the Mormon Church.

    “Every entity in America is under pressure now to accept the whole concept that homosexuality is a normal lifestyle, and obviously much of the Christian Church – not all of it, but much of it — and, certainly, the Mormon Church, still holds to traditional values and finds homosexuality to be a choice and not something that you’re born with,” Boykin said.

    It’s not discrimination, Boykin said, for groups to subscribe to traditional values – “the values that formed America,” he said – and to insist that members of such groups stand up for those values.

    “In America, we believe in the whole concept of liberty,” Boykin said. “For us as a nation to believe that there cannot be any institutions in America to hold to traditional values, I think, is very ill-conceived. We ought to be able to make a free choice as Americans, and as organizations in America, as to how we want to conduct ourselves and our business.”.

  46. Jan Briney

    moron–its not the boys who are gay. its the parents whose only wish is for their children to lead "normal" lives, which means accepting wooden-headed asses like you as role models.

  47. Cybil Lee

    U idiot…. the point is GAYS (male or female) have no place in the scouts….

  48. Cybil Lee

    Jan Briney Keep talking, every time u open ur mouth stupidity falls out…. Why don't u try shutting ur mouth and actually read what is written????

  49. Jan Briney

    Bob Shepard, you're guilty of plagiarism here. (Look it up.)

  50. Bob Shepard

    Typical liberal attitude! Call people names while hiding behind your keyboard. How sad! This is a non issue anyway. The United States Supreme Court has ruled on this and BSA won. Get over it!!!!

  51. Bob Shepard

    This entire arguement is a non issue and you know it!!! You strike me as one of those folks that just isn't happy unless she has a "cause". Here's a cause for you … go start your own organization … the gay scouts of america.

  52. Jan Briney

    Bob Shepard Apparently you had a bad day and want to fight with someone. OK. It is important for parents (gay & straight) to have their children grow up "normally", even if that means having wooden-headed asses like you for role-models. No one is trying to bend your will. Children just want to have fun. Let them.