Joe Maldonado, Transgender boy, 9, is awarded $18K and a formal apology after being kicked out of Scout pack ‘because some of the parents complained – even though the other kids all accepted him’.
When Joe Maldonado was kicked out of the Cub Scouts because he is transgender, he said he was more mad than sad about it. He was kicked out last year because the Boy Scouts of America accepted members based on the sex marked on their birth certificate. But since then, the Boy Scouts have reversed their decision, and now the New Jersey branch of the organization that initially kicked Joe out has agreed to pay him a settlement and formally apologize.
After Joe’s mother, Kristie Maldonado, filed a discrimination complaint against the scouts, they agreed to pay Joe an $18,000 settlement accompanied by an apology, NorthJersey.com reports.
“Joe is happy that they admitted they were wrong,” Kristie told the publication.
After Joe was kicked out, the Boy Scouts of America reversed their policy that they only accept members identified as male at birth, opening up troops to transgender boys across the country. The decision came in January, shortly after Joe’s story went public.
In a statement, the organization said they are “happy to welcome Joe and the Maldonado family back into the Scouting community.”And Joe is happy to be back. His mother told NorthJersey.com Joe has rejoined a Cub Scout troop and recently went on a camping trip with them. Parents have told Kristie they welcome her son into the pack, too.
When Joe was kicked out, he made a perfect argument for why any boy should be allowed to be a scout.
“My identity is a boy,” he said. “If I was them, I would let every person in the world go in. It’s right to do.”
Exactly. Joe identifies as a boy, so therefore he is a boy. Since it’s the Boy Scouts, there’s no reason Joe, or anyone else should be excluded.