Transgender child from Secaucus originally kicked from Boy Scouts welcomed to new scout pack

A child from Secaucus who was asked to leave the Boy Scouts last year after parents and leaders found out he is transgender, was welcomed to his new scout pack in Maplewood last night.



Eight-year-old Joe Maldonado was born a girl, but identifies as a boy.



After he was asked to leave, his family filed a legal complaint against the Boy Scouts. 



The Boy Scouts of America then changed its policy and will now allow transgender children.



According to a spokeswoman for the organization, it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.



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


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