The Boy Scouts of America announced this past Monday that it is now allowing transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys only programs.
It’s about time, right? The organization previously had a policy where they would only enroll kids based on the gender listed on a child’s birth certificate. For a child who is transgender, this is significant, as their birth certificate may not actually reflect their actual gender.
The change was spurred by a recent case in Secaucus, New Jersey, where an 8-year-old boy had been asked to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender. The Boy Scouts of America released a statement on Monday:
“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. 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.”
Of course, while this news is definitely a progressive and very necessary change if we want to actually be a more inclusive society, it doesn’t come without worry for some of the parents involved.