8-Year-Old Transgender Boy, “How Dare They Judge Me, I Don’t Need to Explain Myself” – 3%
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8-Year-Old Transgender Boy, “How Dare They Judge Me, I Don’t Need to Explain Myself”

8-Year-old Joe Maldonado, who was born Jodi, used to belong to Pack 87 in Secaucus, New Jersey. That changed, though. He got kicked out of the Boy Scouts because parents complained that he’s transgender, mother Kristie said.

The other scouts were fine with it. Their moms and dads apparently weren’t, though. “Not one of the kids said, ‘You don’t belong here,’” Kristie told North Jersey in a Tuesday report. She said she never made Joe’s history a secret.

New Jersey requires surgery before transgender people can change the sex on their birth certificates. Other states, like Minnesota and Nevada, don’t.

Update – December 29, 12:09 p.m.: Delimarkos responded to our request for comment. She said the Boy Scouts of America reached out to the family, and shared information on alternative programs like Learning for Life and STEM Scouts.

The BSA grants youth membership to Cub Scouts to boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. If needed, we defer to the information provided for an individual’s birth certificate and their biological sex.

Scouting teaches its youth members and adult leaders to be respectful of other people and individual beliefs.

According the North Jersey story, Kristie said Joe, who wants an apology for getting kicked out, “would not be fine if I put him in Girl Scouts.”

H/T Law Newz

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