Tonight, HRC praised the news that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is finally opening its doors to transgender boys.
In 2015, the Boy Scouts of America passed a policy barring discrimination against its employees based on sexual orientation, but not on gender identity. The policy also still allowed church-organized local units to consider an individual's sexual orientation when deciding who can volunteer and lead Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews.
HRC called on the organization to adopt a policy of full LGBTQ inclusion for both employees and volunteers.
The former policy only allowed boys to join the Boy Scouts who were listed as male on their birth certificate, while the new policy will admit any boy to the organization whose parents list their gender as male on their application. This marks a significant policy shift, and will allow transgender boys whose parents cannot change or have not changed their son’s gender on their birth certificate.
The news today comes as one New Jersey family has been fighting back after their son, an 8-year-old boy, was kicked out of the Cub Scouts because he is transgender.
Both the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and the Boy Scouts of America now allow transgender youth into their organizations. Together, the organizations have more than four million youth members nationwide.