Alt Center 1: Transgender Scouting
On January 30th, 2017 the Boy Scouts of America announced that they would no longer depend on birth certificates to determine eligibility for membership. This opened the door for transgender youths, those who were determined to be female at birth but have since chosen to live as male, to join the Boy Scouts of America. One of your hosts says it’s about time. The other thinks the Chief Scout Executive should resign.
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- Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection Guidelines
- Boy Scouts’ Statement on Gender Identity
- Boy Scouts Summer Camp Standards (PDF)
My memory of the standards recommending individual stalls appears to be faulty, but I’m sure I heard that while in conversation with a camp or district manager. It may have been a more general comment.
- CNN: Boys Scouts Open Membership to Transgender Boys
Articles like this are how George and I found out about the policy change. Perhaps fine for me, but George is a leader.
- Fox News Opinion: It’s time for churches to sever ties with Boy Scouts
Here’s the sort of mind-blowing over-reaction that makes transgender scouting a “controversial” issue.