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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

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