Boy Scouts Apologize to Transgender Boy Agree to $18K Fine
A New Jersey council which barred Joe Maldonado, 9, from participating has been found guilty of discrimination by the state Division on Civil Rights Tuesday.
Last year parents complained about the 9-year-old transgender boy resulting in his expulsion from a Cub Scout pack in Secaucus because his birth certificate identified him as anatomically female at birth.
We’re talking about a nine-year-old here folks!
Joe had been allowed back into scouting earlier this year after the national council issued a statement welcoming all boys. But Joe and his mother decided to continue pursuing the issue.
As a result the council also agreed to change its policies in accordance with state laws prohibiting discrimination. The Division on Civil Rights has required the council to distribute the rules to local councils in the state, according to the agreement, according to ABC news
Effie Delimarkos, director of communications for the Boy Scouts of America, issued a statement Thursday saying the organization is “happy to welcome Joe and the Maldonado family back into the scouting community.”
“Moving forward, the BSA will continue to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible,” she said.
Joe has accepted the apology and is doing “phenomenal” as a member of his new pack in Maplewood.