Former Boy Scout leader Jennifer Tyrrell:
About a year ago, this guy right here, Cruz, came to me and said, "I want to be a Boy Scout." I was hesitant. Before I knew it, I was living a life of merit badges and knots. But I loved it. Soon they asked me to be a den leader, an opportunity that I embraced. The year that followed was truly one of the most memorable experiences a mom could ever imagine. Together, we did community service projects. We served food at soup kitchens. We collected toys during Christmastime. We worked on a conservation project building birdhouses for a state park. They’ll be completing that tomorrow without me. Sorry. So here’s Cruz, growing into a leader, and I had a front row seat. Then last week I receive a phone call from the local scout leader: "The council’s saying you’re being kicked out of the program." I was shocked. I had done nothing wrong. I was forcibly removed as den leader because I’m gay.