Barely out of high school, an openly lesbian Michigan woman was fired from a Boy Scout camp for being gay. The teen has launched a new petition on Change.org urging her local Boy Scout council to vote to end the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) ban on gay youth and adult leaders at its National Council meeting this May. Lauren Jasenak, a 19-year-old outdoor enthusiast and seasoned Boy Scout camp employee from Brighton, Michigan, was fired from the D-bar-A Boy Scout Ranch last summer, the day after the BSA reaffirmed its policy banning gay youth and adult leaders. Jasenak says she was called into the camp director’s office and forced to sign a letter stating she was a lesbian. She was then forced to leave immediately, despite not having a car and being two hours away from home. “As a 19-year-old, I am still in disbelief that the Boy Scouts discriminated against me. I didn’t even realize you could be kicked out of the Boy Scouts for being gay,” writes Jasenak on her petition on Change.org. “I felt alone and scared, but most importantly, I had no idea how my rabbit, Thumper, and I were going to get home.”
Boy Scouts are currently reconsidering their anti-gay policy prohibiting gay youths from participating, but are not addressing parents and adults associated with the organization.