Story: Ben Wolverton
SECAUCUS, NJ -
It's the story taking the nation by storm: 8-year old Joe Maldonado was recently barred from his cub scout pack because Joe was born a girl.
According to a report from NorthJersey.com, Kristie Maldonado, the boy’s mother, received a phone call from a scouting official who told her some parents had complained, and that he was kicked out. Kristie says it was not a secret that Joe was transgender when he joined the scouts a month before he was asked to leave.
Effie Delimarkos, who has been the communications director for the Boy Scouts of America since April 25th of 2016, said in a statement, “No youth may be removed from any of our programs on the basis of his or her sexual orientation. Gender identity isn’t related to sexual orientation.”
And as transgender rights become a national issue, so do rules for restrooms. Many north jersey schools, including Secaucus, allow students to use the restroom matching their gender identity.
This also comes at an important time in the Scouts organization, after they repealed a long-standing ban on gay scouts, and more recently gay scout leaders.
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