Boy Scouts to Allow Transgender Children into Programs

DALLAS (AP) – The Boy Scouts of America says it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs.

The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys-only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child’s birth certificate.

A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.

A transgender child in Secaucus, New Jersey,w as asked late last year to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender.

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