A year ago, Joe Maldonado was kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America after it was revealed he was born a girl.
On Thursday, the Northern New Jersey Council sector of the organization was forced to apologize and pay $18,000 in damages to nine year-old Maldonado and his family.
Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America revised its policies and lifted its band on transgender children. Malodonado, who has since rejoined the group as a Cub Scout in Maplewood, is more than pleased to be readmitted.
In the succeeding dialogue of the settlement between the Maldonado’s and BSA, the boy’s mother said, “Joe is happy that they admitted they were wrong.”
BSA’s Director of Communications, Effie Delimarkos, published a statement on Thursday which stated the century-old club is “happy to welcome Joe and the Maldonado family back into the Scouting community.”
Delimarkos continued by saying, “Moving forward, the BSA will continue to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.”
The Northern New Jersey Council has also vowed to reframe its own inner-workings in regards to “admission of transgender youth.” State discrimination laws have forced New Jersey’s BSA into an erasure of “prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and expression.”
This comes a couple of months after the BSA reversed its original stance on admitting transgender boys, a decision made easier after the publicity of the Maldonado story.
On Thursday, Joe’s mother said her son is doing “phenomenal” as a Cub Scout, and that the troop had just completed a camping trip.
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