Yesterday, January 30th, The Boy Scouts of America adjusted its policy regarding membership enrollment to include transgender boys. The official press release states the following about who is eligible to enroll:
“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.
Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”
For more information you can also read an interview with BSA National Commissioner Charles Dahlquist.