Boy Scouts ends policy barring transgender boys from programs
The Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender boys into all their programs, ending a policy mandating that Cub Scouts must be listed as boys on their birth certificates.
“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application,” the group’s director of communications said in a statement to the Daily News.
“Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”
The Texas-based group’s decision comes after a northern New Jersey transgender boy is believed to have been the first rejected from a scout pack because of his gender identity.
Joe Maldonado’s mother Kristie Maldonado previously told the News last month that “only boys are allowed” in Secaucus Pack 87.
She said that her 8-year-old, who legally changed his name from Jodi two years ago and came out as a boy before second grade, was having a great time in the group before other parents, not Joe’s playmates, complained.
The Boy Scouts of America said in a statement last month that young people cannot be removed from programs because of sexual orientation, but that “gender identity isn’t related to sexual orientation.”
It said that the Cub Scouts was for those listed as boys on their birth certificates, and there were other programs for all genders.
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On Monday he organization said, “The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.”
Scouts for Equality, an organization that fought the group during years of controversy over a now-lifted ban on gay scouts, said that the move
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