Boy Scouts to accept transgender boys as scouts and troops on Wednesday, February 1
Irving, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America has announced that they will begin accepting transgender boys as scouts and troops.
The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the biological gender of the child.
A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.
A transgender boy in Secaucus, N.J., was forced a few months ago to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender.
Here’s the catch: Trans boys looking to apply to the boys only programs will have to wait until midnight on Wednesday, February 1, to do so. That’s a little over a day away.