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May 12, 2013

On this Mother's Day, GLAAD celebrates those special moms who have made an impact on the struggle for equality

Today (12 May) the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation honors the mothers whose love and support has been essential for the gay and lesbian community.

'On Mother's Day this year, GLAAD would like to lift up some of the exceptional mothers that we have been working with for the past year,' the organization writes on its site. 'They are women who have been dedicated to their family through many obstacles.'

May 4, 2013

Zach Wahls and Jennifer Tyrrell not satisfied with current proposal to end gay ban

Later this month, the Boy Scouts of America will be voting on a proposal to end its controversial ban on gay members.

This is good news to Jennifer Tyrrell and Zach Wahls, two unlikely activists who have found themselves at the forefront of the battle for LGBT equality in scouting.

But both tell Gay Star News in separate interviews that the battle will not truly be won until the ban ends for gay and lesbians 18 and over who want to serve.

April 19, 2013

'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' 

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.

July 18, 2012

'This breaks my heart,' says Eric Jones, the 19-year-old Eagle Scout kicked out this week

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Tuesday (17 July) that it has no plans to lift its ban on gay members after two years of consideration by an 11-person committee.

The announcement comes on the heels of the widely-publicized case of Kansas City-area Eagle Scout Eric Jones, 19, who was immediately fired from his job as a counselor at a scout camp after coming out to the camp director on Sunday (15 July).

July 18, 2012

Jennifer Tyrrell: 'This movement doesn’t stop because 11 anonymous men behind closed doors made a decision to keep discrimination in place'

Ousted lesbian den leader Jennifer Tyrrell showed up as Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday (18 July) to deliver more than 300,000 petition signatures calling for an end to the organization's anti-gay policy.

Her delivery comes a day after the BSA announced that after two years  of consideration by an 11-person committee, the Scouts will continue to ban gay members.

July 18, 2012

'This is of course the same justification used to prevent minorities from eating in restaurants during the Jim Crow years'

Former Eagle Scout George Takei, best known as Sulu from the original Star Trek TV series, spoke out Wednesday (18 July) against the Boy Scouts of America's announcement this week that they will continue to ban openly gay people.

Takei, who rode in last month's New York City LGBT Pride Parade wearing his Scout uniform, called the anti-gay position an 'ugly blemish' on an organization he 'revered' as a teenager.

June 25, 2012

Star Trek icon joined by ousted lesbian troop leader Jennifer Tyrrell

The fact that gays are not allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts of America didn't stop one of the most famous gay men in the US from wearing his Scouts uniform in the New York City Pride Parade on Sunday.

George Takei, best known as Sulu on the original Star Trek television series and first batch of feature films, road on the back of a red convertible with Jennifer Tyrrell who was has emerged as the face of the fight against the Scout's anti-gay policy.

June 18, 2012

Star Trek icon is a former Boy Scout: 'Some of my best memories from my boyhood are of my scouting days'

Long before he became known as Sulu on the Star Trek television series and later feature films, George Takei was a member of Boy Scouts of America.

Now one of the most famous gay men in the world, Takei will be wearing a scouts uniform this Sunday when he joins Jennifer Tyrrell for the New York City Pride March. Tyrrell is the lesbian mom ousted as the den leader of her seven-year-old son’s troop in Ohio because of her sexual orientation.

June 6, 2012

Organization under fire after kicking lesbian mom out as a local troop leader

The Boy Scouts of America is reportedly considering ending its long-standing ban on openly gay scouts and scout leaders.

A policy change is being developed that would allow local chapters of the organization to decide for themselves whether or not to accept gays participate.

May 29, 2012

YouTube gay defender Wahls and 280,000 others demands US scouts reinstate ousted lesbian den leader Jennifer Tyrrell

An Eagle Scout who became a YouTube sensation is giving a 280,000 name petition to the Scouts of America, demanding they reinstate a lesbian mom ousted as a den leader.

Zach Wahls became famous when his video in support of his two gay moms went viral on YouTube, reaching over 2,500,000 views so far.

April 30, 2012

David J. Sims says removal of lesbian den mother Jennifer Tyrrell 'is wholly discriminatory'

A member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio River Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as resigned from the board because of its decision to kick den leader Jennifer Tyrrell out of the organization because she is a lesbian.

David J. Sims said he has a long history of support for BSA but feels the anti-gay  policy is not something he can condone.

April 27, 2012

Star Trek icon and former scout says anti-gay policy casts 'a long and ugly shadow across the organization'

As a kid, Star Trek icon George Takei was a Boy Scout, a member of Troop 379.

But the openly gay star is speaking out against his former organization which this week, reiterated its stance against allowing gays and lesbians to participate. The group has been under fire for dismissing Ohio den mom Jennifer Tyrrell as leader of her son’s troop because she is a lesbian.

April 26, 2012

GLAAD unearths video from presumptive Republican nominee's more moderate days to help current debate

After winning five state primaries this week, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave a speech that focused on the economy and did not touch on social issues.

Earlier in the race, the candidate has spoken out against gay marriage and made statements that retiring US Congressman Barney Frank this week called 'despicable.'

April 24, 2012

'Our mission does not include teaching young people about sex or sexual orientation'

The Boys Scouts of America on Tuesday (24 April) reaffirmed its ban on gay and lesbian leaders by refusing to meet with Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mom removed as den leader of her son's scout troop because she is a lesbian.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reached out to the Boy Scouts this week with an offer to facilitate meeting between BSA and Tyrrell but the organization refused.

April 23, 2012

Jennifer Tyrrell takes on Boys Scouts of America for its anti-gay policies

Jennifer Tyrrell had never before been on an airplane.

But she flew from Bridgeport, Ohio, to Los Angeles on Friday to appear at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (21 April) where she nearly stole the show from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White and Cher with her heartfelt speech about being ousted as a den mother by the Boy Scouts of America because she is a lesbian.

April 17, 2012

Protest planned in Ohio tonight in support of Jennifer Tyrrell

Jennifer Tyrrell found out last week that she would no longer be allowed to serve as a den mother for her son's Cup Scout troop in Bridgeport, Ohio.

It's not because she's not a good mom or a good den leader. It's because she is a lesbian.

Tonight (17 April), a peaceful protest by parents and scouts from the troop will be held outside of the local Boy Scouts of America. Tyrrell has served as a den leader for nearly a year.