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Former Scout Leader Mentioned in Advocate Magazine

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Former Bridgeport Cub Scout Den Mom Jennifer Tyrrell is making national headlines yet again. She's being featured in the national magazine the Advocate as one of the "People Who Shaped Us in 2012."

Tyrrell was banned from being involved with the Boy Scouts because of her sexual orientation. After being booted from the organization, Tyrrell went on a national campaign to raise awareness of the problem and gained support from thousands of people across the nation. She even started a petition to be reinstated, which has more than 335,000 signatures. If you'd like to sign the it, just go to change.org/scouts

7News spoke to Tyrrell who said she was humbled by the honor the magazine bestowed upon her.

"I am truly humbled by this honor from Advocate magazine. I had no idea when I held this small rally in Bridgeport, Ohio that it would make national waves! I have a renewed faith in humanity," she said. "At times it can be difficult living in a society that so often treats us (The LGBT community) as second class citizens. We still have a long road ahead of us, but I honestly believe we are headed in the right direction."