Transgender boy ousted from New Jersey Cub Scouts chapter for being born a girl
Fourth Estate Staff
Secaucus, NJ, United States (4E) – A transgender boy was no longer allowed to be part of a New Jersey Cub Scout group because he was born a female.
The Boy Scouts of America also issued a statement later saying that they refer to the birth certificates of those who want to be part of the organization.
The transgender boy, Joe Maldonado, who is eight years old, loves to camp, hike, and have barbecues. He said that he joined the Pack 87 of the Boy Scouts of America New Jersey chapter in late September and that his identity was not a secret.
A month later, his mother, Kristie, said that the dreams of the transgender boy of learning more about nature and other things taught while being part of the Boy Scouts of America were crushed after an official called them saying that her son was no longer welcomed because only boys are allowed to be part of the group.
Kristie pointed out that she explained the situation of her son but the official, who was not named, did not listen. The official is said to have taken the explanation as a joke.
Maldonado said that he was born as Jodi but has identified as a male. He legally changed his name two years ago and was able to cut his hair short after coming out as a boy during second grade. The parents of the other Cub Scouts, not his fellow scouts, reportedly led to the ousting of Maldonado.
Commenting about the matter, Marie Keisling , the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Cub Scouts is not in place to discriminate. The Boy Scouts of America also released a statement via their director of communications, Effie Delimarkos .
He said that Maldonado did not meet the requirements for eligibility that is why he was ousted. He noted that they comply with the information on the birth certificate of an individual as well as their biological gender.
Maldonado’s mother is not closing the doors regarding pursuing legal action against the local chapter. She also said that she is looking for an apology or maybe something that will change the policy in order for her son to be accepted as well as other transgender boys who want to be part of the group.
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