Boy Scouts of America to welcome transgender membersBreaking News, Section 4A, Top Highlights Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced today that that they will begin accepting members based on the gender listed on their application. Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh made the announcement via video (above).
In a press release the BSA stated,
While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. 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.
Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.
The change brings the Boy Scouts in line with other youth organizations, including the Girl Scouts, that have created transgender-friendly membership policies in recent year.
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