‘Den Mother’ Banned Because She’s Gay

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Jennifer Tyrell was the “den mother” for her seven-year-old son’s Tiger Scout pack for a year before the regional and national Boy Scouts organization told her to “leave her troop, because her sexual orientation ‘did not meet the high standards’ of conduct set by the Boy Scouts of America,” according to an article I recently read.

When reciting the Boy Scouts of America’s oath, one promises “to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” The Boy Scouts of America have long withstood contempt for their firm stance on what they classify as “morally straight.”

The article asked Jennifer why she would allow her son to participate, knowing the organization’s stance on her sexuality. Her answer was simple: because her son really, really wanted to.

Putting my personal definition of “morally straight” aside, as well as my feelings toward any person or organization determining who may and may not participate in activities based on their sexual orientation, I am left with these thoughts:

My heart goes out to her, from one mother to another; and I can imagine the internal pain she may feel for no longer being able to participate in an activity that brings joy and happiness to her child. Male, female, black, white, gay, straight, conservative, liberal, breast-feeder, bottle-feeder, stay-at-home, out in the workforce, religious, and not … we are all the same. And none of these characteristics should define our worth as parents.

What do you think?

‘Den Mother’ Banned Because She’s Gay

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Profile photo of LesVisible LesVisible says:

    Lord God, will you people not get your awareness together? Decadence, Ignorance, self serving, appetite enabling is your name. Your world is about to crumble and you have yourselves to blame.

  2. Profile photo of Gypsy Gypsy says:

    She could have sewed them for discrimination..
    If you want your kid to grow up being judgmental and closed-minded, you should put them in a religious group.. Boy scouts is for people of all "believes" to learn from each other and be taught how to survive.. As far as I am concerned, why does ANYONE care about how ANYONE ELSE lives THEIR life.. Goodness..

  3. I couldn’t agree more. Just because someone doesn’t "like" the type of lifestyle you live, it shouldn’t affect YOUR life. This is sad.

  4. Profile photo of lindy lindy says:

    i agree it shouldnt matter what her sexual orientation is if she was doing a good job and the kids liked her let the woman do it besides i don’t think that is what morally straight means anyway i have a couple gay friends who where boy scouts

  5. Profile photo of sarah sarah says:

    wow i never knew boy scouts where that way , i thought thoses groups where taught to not judge

  6. Profile photo of emily emily says:

    I applaud boy scouts for standing firm in their beliefs. She knew the values and morals before joining. I would not put my child in an organization that doesn’t follow my beliefs.


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