The Advocates for Peace and Justice of IUCC in cooperation with Scouting for All and Scouts for Equality are proud to present an Evening with Jennifer Tyrrell, Howard Menzer and Michael Lobo. The three of them will share their experiences with discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America and how to get involved in the current campaign to repeal the BSA’s membership policy that bars LGBT youth and adults from joining.
When: Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 6:30pm
Where: Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway Irvine 92604. Phone: (949) 733-0220
Admission: Free (A free will donation will be taken at the event)
Bios of featured speakers:
Jennifer Tyrrell made national news when she was forced out by her son’s Cub Scout pack in Ohio as a Den Mother because of her sexual orientation. Instead of standing idle over her removal, she and her family decided to fight back. They started a petition on change.org that received over 300,000 signatures and re-ignited a dialogue about the membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America that bars LGBT youth and adults from admission. As a result of their efforts, a campaign to have the Boy Scouts of America repeal their discriminatory membership policy has be re-ignited and a resolution about changing the Boy Scouts’ membership policy towards LGBT youth and adults will be on the agenda of their National Annual Meeting in May. Their family’s story is a real life example of courage, strength and how people with little or no power can stand up to a powerful organization and make a difference.
Ms. Tyrrell has been a featured guest on CNN, MSNBC, and is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents. She and her family live in Bridgeport, OH.
Michael Lobo is an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and the Executive Vice President of Scouting for All. Scouting for All is a San Diego based non-profit, advocacy organization that is working with other Scouting advocacy groups in the campaign to have the Boy Scouts of America repeal their current membership policy which bars LGBT youth and adults from admission. Michael has been a member of Scouting for All since 2001 and is going to this year’s Boy Scouts’ National Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX to protest the current membership policy. Michael knows a lot about the Scouting program having been involved as a youth and as an adult and has a wealth of information on the BSA’s discriminatory practices that has been going on since 1978.
Michael served in the US Navy and is very active with the San Diego LGBT community. He is a native of Massachusetts and lives in San Diego.
Howard Menzer spent 54 years in Boy Scouts of America. He holds the rank of Eagle Scout, the Silver award and is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. In 2001, he retired his Eagle to SFA to hold until it is worth wearing again. Howard also holds the District Order of Merit and was Head Campmaster for Mataguay Scout Reservation for 6 years. He was Lodge service advisor and Chapter advisor. The last 4 years in scouting were spent teach Red Cross certified CPR and First Aid to scoutmasters for certification so they could take the scouts into the woods more safely.
Howard was married for 30 years and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. He now resides in San Diego with his partner of seven years.
” Discrimination cuts into the very fiber of this great melting pot we call America. It must be met and defeated for the enemy it is.”