NBC is reporting on a new twist in a long list of grievances filed against the Boy Scouts of America. An 8 year old boy has been asked to leave the organization because the gender on his birth certificate doesn’t align with the Cub Scouts male-only policy. This comes on the heels of arguments about gender and sexual orientation that has driven some on the left away from the traditional values of the Boy Scouts.
[Scroll Down for Video]
Joe Maldonado was born a girl. Yet he has identified as a girl since the age of two. This is a move his parents supported. Joe joined Pack 87 in Secaucus, New Jersey back in October, but has been told he is no longer welcome becasue of his biological gender.
“I’m way more angry than sad,” Joe said in a story published Tuesday. “My identity is a boy. If I was them, I would let every person in the world go in. It’s right to do.”
Kristie Maldonado, Joe’s mother, said Joe is accepted by his classmates and fellow scouts. She claims it was complaints from parents that led to the decision.
“Not one of the kids said, `You don’t belong here,”’ Maldonado said.
The Boy Scouts of America endured years of controversy before ultimately lifting bans on gay Scouts and leaders in recent years. But spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in a statement the organization considers transgender children as a separate issue.
“No youth may be removed from any of our programs on the basis of his or her sexual orientation,” spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in a statement. She then noted that there was more to this than that. “Gender identity isn’t related to sexual orientation.”
Pack 87 is hosted by Immaculate Conception Church, which is part of the Newark Roman Catholic Archdiocese. The diocese has not issued a formal statement on the matter, though they have said that they were not involved in the decision.
The Boy Scouts of America allow transgender participants in their coeducational activities, but not in the Boy Scouts of Cub Scouts. The Girl Scouts, a separate organization, do.