Transgender Kids: The Boy Scouts of America Addresses Gender Identity by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

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Transgender Kids: The Boy Scouts of America Addresses Gender Identity

For over 100 years the Boy Scouts of America has deferred to the gender listed on a child's birth certificate to determine eligibility for its boys-only programming. Until now. The organization will now allow transgender children who identify as boys to participate in its programs.

According to Rebecca Rausch, a spokesperson for the Boy Scouts, the change was made in response to "the national conversation about gender identity." The organization made headlines in 2015 when leaders lifted the ban on gay employees and troop leaders. 

To read more about the Boy Scout’s new policy via TheGuardian.com, click here.

Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Unbelievable news, and the timing is incredible, with all that's going on right now! Thanks for sharing, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead!

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