FROM CNN NEWS RECAP OF WHAT I READ:
The Boy Scouts of America says it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, opening the door for transgender boys to join. Under the new policy membership in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be based on the gender indicated on an application; not like before when the organization relied on what the birth certificate stated and how they would determine the eligibility. This new change brings the Boy Scouts up to part with other youth organization, like Girl Scouts, that have been gender friendly and open for a few years now. The Boy Scouts made this new policy a few months after the young boy was quicker out of Cub Scouts for being transgender. The Boy Scouts did not specifically cite the New Jersey case in its statement. But Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh acknowledged the group recently had been “challenged by a very complex topic… the issue of gender identity” stated CNN. For a while The Boy Scouts of America has been running into LGBT issues. From 2015, when they lifted the ban on gay adult scout leaders. And about three years before that they started to allow openly gay adolescents to join scouting.
MY FULL THOUGHTS AND WORDS TOWARDS THIS ARTICLE:
Finally this organization is becoming more open for the youth. So kids don’t have to hide who they are to be able to do something that makes them happy with their friends. Although it is sad that the only reason that this policy was put into motion so quickly- although it wasn’t stated directly- was because the eight-year old kid had to get kicked out and the mother cared enough to make a big deal and stand up for her kid. I give her props for that, for being such a a good mother, it shows that she cares. But the point here is that at least it is done now and no kid has to be discriminated for who he is, what he is, or whatever the case maybe. It is the 21st century, if anything this has taken to long to be brought up and fixed.