Boy Scouts open membership to Transgender Boys
The Boy Scouts of America announced that they will begin accepting members based on gender identity, allowing Transgender boys to join. The new BSA policy states that membership in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be based on the gender indicated on an application. In the past, the organization would only accept the gender on applicant’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for its single-gender programs.
BSA Spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in a statement on January 30th: “However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.”
The Girl Scouts has recently created transgender-friendly membership policies in recent years. Here at Trip Out, we are extremely happy to hear of this change because, a few months ago, an 8-year-old Cub Scout in New Jersey brought up accusations that he was expelled for being transgender. Now with these recent change, there will be no more hurt for transgender boys to join Boy Scouts of America. Thank you for changing your policies to accept all boys.
The Boy Scouts of America, Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh acknowledged that the group recently has been “challenged by a very complex topic.”
“We’ve taken the opportunity to evaluate and update our approach. I hope you’ll join with me in embracing the opportunity to bring scouting to more families and children who can benefit from what our organization has to offer,” he said in the video statement.
The Boy Scouts of America is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youths possible. Doing all of this while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
We want to take the time to thank the BSA organization for fighting to accept ALL in these trying times that are currently happening in our Nation right now. Thank you!