Before flying to Los Angeles this weekend with her partner and four children to attend the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards, Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell had never boarded a commercial airliner. Her appearance Saturday night at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel led to eight minutes of the best kind of teary awards speechifying – a dedicated mom thanking GLAAD for their support of her efforts to right a Boy Scouts of America wrong.
FishbowlLA’s favorite part the Tyrrell speech comes at around the seven-minute mark. That’s when she urged people in the audience to sign her change.org petition, which asks that she be reinstated as a Boy Scout den mother in Bridgeport:
“I’m going to ask each of you right now to take your phone, go to change.org/scouts. It will take you right to the petition. Go ahead, everyone. Take out your phone. It’s OK… Then share it with everyone you know. Together, we can make a difference.”
Tyrrell then called out “Are you with me?” from the stage to Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, in attendance to accept a Vanguard Award. The young actor reportedly further lived up to that moniker by signing the petition.