The Record published a lengthy piece about eight-year-old Joe Maldonado of Secaucus, who was barred from the Cub Scouts because he was born a female.
Maldonado joined Cub Scout Pack 87 without incident despite being open about his transgender status. But after some parents complained, the Northern New Jersey Council of Boy Scouts said he could not remain a member.
It is the latest example of an organization failing to adapt to the growing number of transgender people in their respective communities. It is the first time the Scouts have barred anyone due to being transgender.
It is also the latest controversy for the Boy Scouts of America, which endured thousands of sexual assault cases against Scout leaders in the last 40 years and only lifted a ban against homosexuals due to growing pressure in 2013.
The decision to expel Maldonado appears to be a local decision, as there are numerous transgender Scouts throughout the country.
In the end, Maldonado is likely to be something of a pioneer. But right now, he is just a kid who can’t go camping with his troupe.
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