Nine-year-old Joe Maldonado, initially denied membership to the Cub Scouts because he is transgender, has been welcomed back. Consequently, Joe now becomes America’s first transgender boy scout.
In October last year, Joe joined the Scouts. However, a month later the Scouts told he and his mother that he wasn’t allowed in the boys-only programs because he was born a girl.
But on January 30, the Boy Scouts of America announced they would allow membership to boys-only Boy Scouts programs based on the gender indicated on an application. Basing eligibility on that rather than a child’s birth certificate opens the door to transgender children like Joe.
Approach no longer sufficient
“That approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.
“Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”
Watch nine-year-old Joe talk about rejoining the Cub Scouts and his transition below:
Joe’s mum Kristie Maldonado said his sudden rejection by New Jersey’s Cub Scout Pack 87 stunned her. They made no attempt to keep transgender status a secret and for a month his membership caused no problems. However, some parents complained on learning of the transgender cub scout.
Joe joined the Cub Scouts after living as a boy for over a year. Kristie Maldanado said he attended school as a boy and was accepted as such.
Now, thanks to the Scout’s recent ruling, Joe can rejoin his mates at Cub Scouts as America’s first transgender boy scout.
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