Trans­gen­der boy, 8, asked to leave Cub Scout pack

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SE­CAU­CUS | The fam­ily of an 8-yearold 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, ac­cord­ing to The Record.

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.

The Boy Scouts of Amer­ica en­dured

years of con­tro­versy be­fore ul­ti­mately lift­ing bans on gay Scouts and lead­ers in re­cent years. But spokes­woman Effie De­li­markos said in a state­ment the or­ga­ni­za­tion con­sid­ers trans­gen­der chil­dren as a sep­a­rate is­sue.

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