Media Pressure Boy Scouts After Transgender Cub Scout Removed from Troop
The fact that Boy Scout membership is limited to males has not always been newsworthy. However, in the current media landscape, such a controversial claim garnered three minutes of network airtime and copious online news coverage.
But the real controversy centers on what boyhood entails. Or how the media feel about it.
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has always predicated Boy Scout and Cub Scout membership on being biologically male. But what did that mean for little girls who identified as boys? Some joined troops without any issue. One transgender 8-year-oldfirst known by Jodi and now as Joe Maldonadohad such an experience. But one month after the New Jersey resident joined, several parents complained and the child was asked to leave Cub Scout Pack 87 in Secaucus.
When outcry followed the ouster, BSA reiterated its obvious position on male membership. Furthermore, representatives clarified that, according to a 2015 policy change, no youth may be removed from any of our programs on the basis of his or her sexual orientation, noting that gender identity isnt related to sexual orientation. An AP story reprinted in Cosmopolitan magazine mentioned that the BSA has not responded to inquiries as to whether it would admit transgender girls, who of course, are biologically male.
In an interview with the Star-Ledger, Maldonado declared: Im way more angry than sad. My identity is a boy. If I was them [BSA], I would let every person in the world go in. Its right to do.
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