Boy Scouts will allow transgender children into programs

The Boy Scouts of America says it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs.



The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys-only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a Scout.



A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.



A transgender child in Secaucus was asked late last year to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender.



Joe Maldonado's family later filed a legal complaint against the Scouts.



Maldonado says that he is happy to hear about the decision.



"I want them to be comfortable with how I am...and what my identity is," he says.



The Boy Scouts had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child's birth certificate.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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