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Boy Scouts to allow transgender kids to become Scouts

In a monumental move by the Boy Scouts of America, the organization announced Monday night that it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to be Scouts.

The Boy Scouts had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child's birth certificate.

Eight-year-old Joe Maldonado was asked last year to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender.

His family later filed a legal complaint.

"I want them to be comfortable with how I am," Joe said. "And what my destiny is and what my identity is."

A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.

We'll have local reaction coming up tonight at 10 and 11.


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