Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ousted transgender boy is a Cub Scout again

Joe Maldonado and Kristie Maldonado
Joe Maldonado and his mother Kristie
Joe, a trans boy, just wanted to be a Cub Scout last fall.
Joe has now been reinstated.
Eight-year-old Joe Maldonado and his mom, Kristie fought the good fight and they won. Last fall Joe was kicked out of the Cub Scouts because he is transgender. The kids were fine with Joe but some parents complained.

Apparently in response to this incident, in late January the Boy Scouts of America changed their policy. At that time Joe said that it was too late for him.  Joe has now rejoined his Cub Scouts Pack 87 in Secaucus, NJ.

We should all be proud of Joe for his determination to ensure that no other trans kid would be marginalized and stigmatized like he was. He his shown maturity far beyond his eight years. I commend Joe's mom for being so supportive in the face of extreme opposition by the usual conservative Christian jerks like Todd Starnes.

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