An 8-year old transgender boy was recently asked to leave his local Cub Scouts in Secaucus, New Jersey after joining the group only a month earlier.
The young boy, who was born female but has identified as a boy for more than a year, has reportedly not experienced this type of discrimination at his school or from his peers otherwise. In fact, the boy’s mom said the other Cub Scouts did not have any issues with her son, but that it was the parents who complained.
The boy was obviously not happy with the decision to kick him out. He so aptly explained: “I’m way more angry than sad… My identity is a boy. If I was them, I would let every person in the world go in. It’s right to do.”
As you may recall, the Boy Scouts lifted their controversial ban on gay Scouts after years of emotional arguing by supporters and opponents on the topic. However, Effie Delimarkos, a spokeswoman for the Boy Scouts, explained that the decision to not discriminate was aimed only at gay Scouts, and not transgender. Delimarkos explained: “No youth may be removed from any of our programs on the basis of his or her sexual orientation. Gender identity isn’t related to sexual orientation.”
The Boy Scouts policy is apparently to “defer to the information provided for an individual’s birth certificate and their biological sex” in making a membership determination.
Jean Malpas, the director of the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute, disagrees with the decision.
Malpas said: “It would make sense for an organization based on gender categories to use gender, not assigned sex, as a membership requirement.”
It sounds like it should be the parent’s problem, rather than the kids. How long will it take for them to overturn this new controversial ban? Who knows.