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Local Ousted Scout Leader Reacts to Boy Scouts of America Announcement

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It's only been eight months since Jennifer Tyrrell was ousted from her Bridgeport Cub Scout group because of her sexual orientation.

In the time since she was removed from the group she has been speaking out, being a part of rallies, protests and petitions asking the Boy Scouts of America to change its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.

Tyrrell says she was at work Monday when she heard that the Boy Scouts are considering lifting the ban, and was immediately excited to hear the news.

Tyrrell tells 7News that this ban means so much more than something just for scouting. She said it's about an attitude that people have towards families like hers and that kids have towards other kids who are LGBT.

"My goal is for them to know that they're ok, and we're ok.  It's a small step and one day this small step towards equality will be part of a bigger picture of total equality," said Tyrrell.

She also said that although she is excited, she remains cautiously optimistic and will stay that way until anything becomes official.

Tyrrell said this move still would leave a lot of room for discussion and debate and differences but she feels it's a huge step towards the right direction.

In the meantime, Tyrrell has been blogging with several national media outlets and continues her fight for equality.

Stay with WTRF.com and 7News for any updates on this story.


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