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secaucus, n.j.» The fam­ily of an 8-year-old New Jersey boy says he was kicked out of Cub Scouts be­cause he is trans­gen­der, a move that could open a new front in the de­bate over dis­crim­i­na­tion in Scout­ing.

Joe Mal­don­ado joined Pack 87 in Secaucus in October and was asked to leave about a month later.

“I’m way more an­gry than sad,” Joe said. “My iden­tity is a boy. If I was them, I would let ev­ery per­son in the world go in. It’s right to do.”

Joe was born a girl but has iden­ti­fied as male for more than a year. His mother, Kristie Mal­don­ado, said Joe is ac­cepted as a boy at school and that it was com­plaints from par­ents — not Joe’s fel­low Scouts — that led to his ouster.

“Not one of the kids said, ‘You don’t be­long here,’ ” Mal­don­ado said.

The Boy Scouts of Amer­ica en­dured years of con­tro­versy be­fore lift­ing bans on gay Scouts and lead­ers in re­cent years. But spokes­woman Effie De­li­markos said the or­ga­ni­za­tion con­sid­ers trans­gen­der chil­dren a separate is­sue. “No youth may be re­moved from any of our pro­grams on the ba­sis of his or her sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion,” she said, but added: “Gen­der iden­tity isn’t re­lated to sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.”

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