Boy Scouts welcome first transgender member

The Boy Scouts changed their policy of referring to the gender on birth certificates to determine eligibility last week after Maldonado's story gained national attention

A couple of Cub Scouts watch the race during the Second Annual World Championship Pinewood Derby, Saturday, June 25, 2016, in New York's Times Square. Over 250 Boy Scouts ages 7 to 10 from around the United States raced hand-crafted cars on a 45-foot custom race track, achieving speeds up to 40 MPH. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
FILE - June 25, 2016 (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey boy has become the first openly transgender member of the Boy Scouts.

The Record reports 9-year-old Joe Maldonado put on a Cub Scout uniform and joined Pack 20 in Essex County on Tuesday following a decision by Boy Scouts of America to allow transgender scouts. Maldonado, who was born a girl, was banned from a Cub Scout group in Secaucus.

He said it was fun and he was proud because he was accepted.

The Boy Scouts changed their policy of referring to the gender on birth certificates to determine eligibility last week after Maldonado’s story gained national attention.

The organization released a statement welcoming the Maldonado family. Previously, the Boy Scouts overturned bans against gay scouts and scouting leaders.

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