Ousted lesbian den leader Jennifer Tyrrell says she is pleased the Boy Scouts of America will be voting on a proposal to end its ban on gay members. But she is upset the organization would continue to ban gay adults.
'One year after sending a letter ousting me as my son's leader, the Boy Scouts are once again forcing me to look my children in the eyes and tell them that our family isn't good enough,' Tyrrell said in a statement released shortly after the BSA announced a proposal to be voted on next month by its National Council.
Added Tyrrell: My heart goes out to the young adults in Scouting who would be able to continue as scouts if this is passed, but then be thrown out when they reach the age to become leaders.'
Tyrrell launched a Change.org petition last year after she was removed as a leader of her son's local troop because she is a lesbian.
Greg Bourke, a gay former assistant Scoutmaster who was removed from his son’s Boy Scout troop because of his sexual orientation, joined Tyrrell in expressing disappointment.
'I can't even begin to explain how much it hurt when I read the proposed resolution and realized that the Boy Scouts were still telling me and my family that we're not welcome,' Bourke said. 'After dedicating more than five years to my son's Boy Scout troop and earning the love and respect of my community, how can the Boy Scouts honestly say that I'm not worthy to lead?'
GLAAD is also critical in the BSA's proposed policy because it does not put an end to the anti-gay discrimination.
'Yet again, the Boy Scouts of America has failed its members, corporate sponsors, donors and the millions of Americans who agree that the time to end discrimination in Scouting is now,' said Rich Ferraro, GLAAD's vice president of communications.
Ferraro added: 'By refusing to consider an end to its ban on gay and lesbian parents, the Boy Scouts have missed an opportunity to exercise leadership and usher the organization back to relevancy. We're living in a culture where, until every parent and young person have the same opportunity to serve, the Boy Scouts will continue to see a decline in both membership and donations.'