The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that they have updated their policy and will now allow transgender boys to become members. TG Voice Therapy, a transgender voice training provider, shares the story.

The Boy Scouts’ previous policy was based on the child’s birth certificate, using birth gender to determine eligibility for their program.

However, as per the new announcement, the Boy Scouts of America have clarified that the membership requirements now allow the parent or child to enroll according to the gender that they identify with, thereby allowing transgender children to become boy scouts.

There is a long standing tradition in the Boy Scouts of America, as well as schools and other youth organizations, which have ultimately utilized information from birth certificates to determine eligibility in gender-based programs.

However, the Boy Scouts of America organization now feels that that approach no longer is applicable as the definition of gender is starting to become interpreted differently by communities and state laws.

The enrollment status has been updated, effective immediately.

This new development came on the heels of a recently published account of an eight-year-old boy in New Jersey who was kicked out of the boy scouts after other children’s parents discovered that the child was born female.

The Boy Scouts of America addressed the issue in a statement to the public in which they said that the situation was brought to their attention by a group of concerned parents that the child did not meet eligibility requirements to participate in the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America subsequently reached out to the child’s parents to inform them of the child’s ineligibility and to offer alternative programs.

The Boy Scouts of America eventually overturned their initial decision, stating that no youth would be turned away from their program on the basis of sexual orientation. Furthermore, gender identity and sexual orientation are distinct issues.

The change in the policy came more than a year after the Boy Scouts of America made the decision to let openly gay people work for the organization.

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