Reversing a century-old policy, the Boy Scouts announced they will begin accepting members based on the gender listed on their application, not their birth certificate.
In a statement releases on Monday, the Boy Scouts said:
“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, 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.”
Just a month ago, eight-year-old Joe Maldonado of Secaucus made headlines when he removed from Cub Scout Pack 87 after parents complained that he was born female.
While Maldonado will now be able to rejoin the Boy Scouts, his mother told The Jersey Journal that he will likely not re-enroll in the Secaucus pack.
“Unless that leader is leaving, I’m not going to drop (Joe) off to someone is hostile toward my kid,” she told The Journal. “I’ve been looking to go somewhere else, whichever one is the closest.”