George Takei has criticized the Boy Scouts of America for “firing” den mother Jennifer Tyrrell because she's a lesbian.

(Related: Boy Scouts “fire” den leader Jennifer Tyrrell for being gay.)

Takei, who married his husband Brad Altman in 2008, wrote about the controversy on his blog That Blog Is So Takei.

“I was a Boy Scout,” the Star Trek icon wrote. “Yes, I was a proud member of Troop 379, and to increase the geek factor, also a member of the troop drum and bugle corp, in which I played the bass bugle.”

“There are many wonderful qualities about being a scout, but there remains a long and ugly shadow across the organization, for the Boy Scouts of America – the largest youth organization in the country – continues to discriminate openly against LGBT people, both as members and as scout leaders.”

“Ms. Tyrrell had taken the troop to soup kitchens and on conservation projects at a local state park. She imbued in the scouts the core values of citizenship, compassion, respect, and responsibility,” he added. “But no matter: She was hounded out, merely because of who she is and who she loves. As a former scout, it is particularly distressing to see this rigid homophobia of the scout leadership exercised so callously in this day and age. While I respect the right of organizations to their beliefs, when the organization is as influential as the Boy Scouts, I am compelled to speak out – and I have just as much right to voice my opposition to bigotry and call for its end.”