Boy Scouts to Allow Transgender Kids

Posted February 01, 2017

"Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application", according to the official statement on the organization's national website.

"It's wonderful news, it is - but the damage is done", she said.

As for Joe Maldonado, his mother, Kristi, told the Associated Press that she would like for her son to re-join the Scouts, but only if the leader who kicked him out leaves.

"They've been moving in this direction for some time now", said Dan Merkan, the chair of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality. It sounds stupid to me. The organization says the decision was made based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.

The previous Boy Scouts of America policy was that Cub Scouts had to have been listed as male on their birth certificates.

Asked how numerous council's packs or troops would accept a transgender member, Berger said, "I can't answer that as we are not asking our units to identify themselves in such a manner".

She said she filed a civil rights complaint with state officials against the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts last week, charging the organization with discrimination, and was considering going ahead with it. Joe had been a member of the pack for a month when a council official called her previous year to tell her he would no longer be allowed to belong.

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'Not one of the kids said, "You don't belong here", she added.

Effie Delimarkos, director of communications for the Boy Scouts of America, confirmed the change to the Washington Blade in a statement amid widespread media reports of the new policy.

The enrollment decision goes into effect immediately.

"The local groups that sponsor Boy Scout troops are very diverse, so some of them are progressive organizations located in urban areas, or places with liberal-minded individuals", he said. Not so with the Girl Scouts of America, which rejected a $100,000 gift in 2015 on the condition that transgender girls would not benefit and started the hashtag #ForEVERYGirl.

It took a change of leadership to change those discriminatory policies. The organization told Koloff that since gender and sexual orientation are different, it has separate policies for each.

At the age of 8, you have become a hero in the eyes of many.