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8-year-old transgender boy banned from Cub Scout pack

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Boy Scouts of America banned an 8-year-old boy because he is transgender, his family says.

Joe Maldonado, who was initially born a girl named Jody, now identifies as a boy, according to WCBS.

Like many parents, mother Kristie Maldonado signed Joe up for the Cub Scouts in New Jersey. She says she made it clear that he was transgender when she signed him up.

A month later, Kristie received a call from the Boy Scouts' head counsel saying Joe could no longer be a part of the organization.

“It made me mad," he said, according to North Jersey.com. “I had a sad face, but I wasn’t crying. I’m way more angry than sad. My identity is a boy. If I was them, I would let every person in the world go in. It’s right to do.”

The Boy Scouts of America endured several years of controversy surrounding a ban on gay scouts and leaders. They lifted the ban in 2015.

But a statement by organization spokesperson Effie Delimarkos says transgender children are a completely different issue.

“No youth may be removed from any of our programs on the basis of his or her sexual orientation,” she said. “Gender identity isn’t related to sexual orientation.”

For Joe, it's just about being able to spend time with his friends.

13 comments

  • Opinion8d

    Get the kid some mental help -and his parents. She’s was born a girl and is still a girl. Girl Scouts or Brownies…. If she wants to spend time with her friends, just invite them over. Quit trying to make everyone else accept mental illness as normal.

  • guest72

    Give it a few years. Let’s see how transgender “he” is once Aunt Flo arrives. It’s hard to identify as a boy when you have blood coming out of your “wherever.” Add a few years to that and his male friends will start looking at “him” a lot differently – and he, them. It’s all about hormones at that age.

  • Wow

    What is happening to this world? 8 years old? A transgender? Parents need to shut that down ASAP. It’s just not right. By all means, wait until you’re of age and have your little operation, but until then you are NOT a boy. You do NOT have boy parts. Oh you’re feelings got hurt? If you’re going to let your 8 year old identify himself as a boy then I can tell him to man up and quit whining.. you’ll never make it in life with that attitude lol Jesus Christ..

    • Wrath1128

      It’s not being transgender it is more of a Tom boy and they will get over it when she starts that time of the month. It will be harder for her to say that she is a bit.

  • phacepalm

    Just waiting for this crap to start moving into Miss/Mr. trans america, all pro sports etc… This madness will be endless.

  • Mike UU

    BS…. He wasn’t transgender until his parents groomed him to be one at 8 YOA ….Just so his parents can show how open and enlightened they are NO MATTER how much they are screwing up their kid

  • Normal Guy

    Telling a kid that he/she is transgender before he/she goes through puberty is a form of child abuse. Kids don’t even know what transgender is, unless someone tells them they are. Just because a girl likes ‘boy’ activities or a boy likes to play with dolls does not make either of them transgender. For that matter, why are the parents of this child saying the things she likes to do are ‘boy’ things? I thought we had progressed beyond saying sports were a ‘boy’ thing, etc. Good grief, this is insanity!

  • YOUR STEP DAD

    IN MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION I ASSESS THIS SITUATION AS A TYPICAL MALI FICTION OF THE PARENTS COGNITIVE THINKING. IN OTHER WORDS FOR YOU LAYMEN OUT THERE, THE PARENTS ARE MORONS SEEKING ATTENTION SO THEY PULL THIS CRAP WITH AN 8 YEAR OLD KID THAT DOESN’T KNOW WHAT A TRANSGENDER IS. DISGUSTING JUST LIKE ALL THE EQUAL RIGHTS BS. EVERYONE HAS EQUAL RIGHTS AND ITS THE BOY SCOUTS EQUAL RIGHTS TO KICK THIS LITTLE FREAK AND THE INSANE PARENTS OUTA THERE. BOO YA MO FO

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