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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America first.

Until it’s Native Americans who don’t want their sacred burial grounds bulldozed and their water supply contaminated. 

Until it’s people seeking abortions who are met with anti-choice legislation. 

Until it’s the (mostly black) population of Flint whose water crisis was ignored for years. 

Until it’s a transgender student who doesn’t even feel safe at a public school. 

Until it’s a woman who wants to marry her girlfriend, but can’t even get her marriage forms signed by a government official. 

Then, it’s corporate America first. Then, it’s white America first. Then, it’s cis America first. Then, it’s heterosexual America first. Then, it’s male America first. Then, it’s Republican America first. 

“America first” comes with a lot of terms and conditions to benefit the most privileged.