CNN Reports that, “Boy Scouts open membership to transgender boys“. Coincidentally, the Boy Scouts began offering a new Merit Badge as part of this announcement. The requirements to qualify for the new badge have not yet been fully disclosed.
The Boy Scouts of America says it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, opening the door for transgender boys to join.
Under the new policy, which takes effect immediately, membership in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be based on the gender indicated on an application.
Previously, the organization relied on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for its single-gender programs.