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9-year-old Joe Maldonado is first out transgender child to join Boy Scouts

  • The Boy Scouts of America welcomed its first out transgender scout Tuesday, after reversing a policy barring trans kids from its ranks.
  • Joe Maldonado put on a Cub Scout uniform and joined Pack 20 in Maplewood, New Jersey, according to North Jersey’s the Record.
  • “This is fun. I’m so proud,” Maldonado said during the meeting. “I am accepted, and I’m actually in Boy Scouts.”
  • Maldonado’s mom, Kristie, fought back tears as she watched her son participate in his first meeting in Maplewood. Read more
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By Celia Darrough

This is huge!

Boy Scouts of America says it will now welcome openly trans scouts

  • The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday evening it would begin admitting trans children who identify as male, ending their policy of determining gender identity via birth certificates.
  • “We realized that referring to birth certificates as the reference point is no longer sufficient,” chief scout executive Michael Surbaugh said in a video statement posted to BSA’s website.
  •  "Communities and state laws are now interpreting gender identity differently than society did in the past. And these new laws vary widely from state to state.“ Read more
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9-year-old becomes first openly transgender Boy Scout
“I am accepted, and I’m actually in Boy Scouts," Joe Maldonado said.

The Boy Scouts of America recently lifted its ban on transgender scouts, and 9-year-old Joe Maldonado has a lot to celebrate. He joined a scout pack a week after the ban was lifted, making him the first openly trans Boy Scout.

Joe tried to join the Boy Scouts last year, but he wasn’t allowed because parents complained about having a trans boy in the pack. 

The leader of Joe’s pack, Kyle Hacker, helped Joe put on his uniform and kerchief and taught him the Cub Scout salute and Scout oath at his first meeting.

“This means you’re the same as Scouts all over the world,” Hacker told Joe, according to The Record.

For Joe, the event was especially meaningful because it showed he was finally being accepted.

“This is fun; I’m so proud,” he told The Record. “I am accepted, and I’m actually in Boy Scouts.”

“This means you’re the same as Scouts all over the world.” Crying. Go, Joe.

anonymous asked:

okay but like, why don't america have mixed gender scouts? thats literally the most confusing thing to me, why are they seperated? Don't they do the same activities?

The Short answer is that they’re two different organizations founded for different reasons, and have slowly converged in purpose over time.  BSA and GSA are both privately held organizations, like businesses.  Over time, they’ve come to do very similar things, but this was not always the case.  Boy scouts started out as a sort of “Civilian Assistance and Moral Development” program that focused on the developing the character of individual boys, GSA started as an environmental education program that focused on building community ties and relationships between girls and women.

They Kind of STAY apart because:

1.  they don’t really want to compete for business

2.  GSA has a long history of being decidedly leftist/pro-feminist in it’s politics, BSA has  history of being more conservative/religious and has only recently started getting it;s head out of it’s ass.  Basically, leadership doesn’t see eye-to-eye on a lot if internal policy, so fusion-ha is unlikely to happen.

3. Look, when you’re in late elementary/early middle school, boys are annoying AS HELL and you just want to get away from them for a while.  I was never in the GSA (the moms that ran the local troop were… clique-y and didn’t want my ADHD ass ‘contaminating’ their girls) but MAN, I relished all-girl activities and camp at the time, because I was frequently getting harassed by boys even as early as 4th grade.  I didn’t know what a ‘safe space’ was back then, but it was great to go to all-girls camp and not have to worry about getting assaulted.

There are a lot of other organizations (esp summer camps) that ARE mixed-gender and do basically the same things as scouts, but tend to be more localized. 

So… Basically, it’s one of those “History Is Complicated and the Present More So” situations.

One time at Boy Scout camp my scoutmaster told the kitchen staff I was a vegetarian and every lunch they would hunt me down with vegetarian food but I was fine without eating vegetarian food and my scoutmaster told them without my permission so I would do increasingly more ridiculous things to avoid getting vegetarian food and basically one day I left the dining hall and sat outside until the meal was over and it was sad

Moral of the story: Never do Boy Scouts