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An eight-year-old girl in Secaucus, N.J., says Boy Scout officials
should treat her as a transgender boy, and let her join a boys’ Cub
Scout pack.

The child, who is a biological girl but has been living as a
“transgender boy” for more than a year, was asked to leave the pack
following reported protests from parents.

Kristie Maldonado said her child, Joe, had been a member of Cub Scout
Pack 87 for about a month, when a Boy Scout official notified her that
the girl could not remain in the boys’ Cub Scout group. “Not one of the
kids said, ‘You don’t belong here,’” the mother said of the boys in the pack, according to

“I’m a girl. I just don’t want to be a girl,” the girl told “My identity is a boy.”

Gay political groups say the federal government should force Americans and their many civic society groups — including kids in K-12 schools’ biology classrooms and bathrooms — to accept the groups’ ideological claim
that each person’s changeable “gender identity” should determine that
person’s legal sex. In contrast, Americans prefer to rely on science and
biology when gauging the sex of people who are seeking entry into
single-sex sports leagues, bathrooms, showers, social groups and other
civic institutions.

Transgender behavior is rare. A recent study of the 2010 census
showed that only one-in-2,400 Americans adults had changed their name
from one sex to the other.

According to the news report:

The Scouts declined to say whether they have a written
transgender policy. Effie Delimarkos, the communications director for
the Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement that the organization’s
Cub Scouts programs are for boys age 7 to 10 and that “the
classification on the participant’s birth certificate” would be used to
“confirm legal status.”
She did not provide additional details and did
not specify whether the Boy Scouts have ever examined gender statuses on
birth certificates.

“No youth may be removed from any of our programs on the basis of
his or her sexual orientation. Gender identity isn’t related to sexual

Effie Delimarkos, communications director, Boy Scouts of America

The controversy over a transgender child comes following the recent uproar over the Boy Scouts’ decision to end its bans against gay Scouts and Scout leaders.

In May of 2015, the Boy Scouts caved to pressure from corporate
donors, the media, and government officials to accept gay Scouts, even
though the organization is private and voluntary.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and then-Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates warned a
national annual gathering of Boy Scout attendees that failing to accept
gay Scout leaders would open the organization up to legal challenges
and a decline in membership.

“We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it would be,” said Gates, reported the Washington Post. “The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”

The Boy Scouts, however, had only addressed gay Scouts, and not children confused about their gender.

In July, Delimarkos told
the Associated Press that transgender children would be permitted to
participate in co-ed Boy Scouts programs, but not in Cub Scouts and Boy
Scouts programs for boys only.

But the pro-gay pressure groups are beginning to pressure the scouting movement.

“The Boy Scouts as a national organization have a decision to make,”
said Justin Wilson, executive director of Scouts for Equality. “Are they
going to exclude a transgender boy for the first time, or welcome
transgender boys?”

Wilson added that the use of birth certificates to determine gender
would be “a new, unfair arbitrary standard” for membership in the Boy

The mother said she thought her daughter was a tomboy because she
enjoyed tree-climbing and other typically male activities. She said that
when the girl was five years old, the child began to read about
transgenderism. Last year, the mother allowed the girl to live as a boy,
and now says the girl is “much happier.”

The American College of Pediatricians states
that gender ideology is harmful to children and that transgendered
children are psychologically confused and at risk for mental health
disorders. The College says:

No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a
biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or
female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective
biological one…

A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at
best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological
boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl
believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that
lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These
children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly
listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental
disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V)…

“According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and
88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex
after naturally passing through puberty,” the College asserts.
“Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and
surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is
child abuse.”

Similarly, Youth Trans Critical Professionals, a group of self-described “left-leaning, open-minded, and pro-gay rights” professionals, say
it is risky to affirm young people who claim to be transgender and
provide them with hormonal and surgical treatments to change their

“Our concern is with medical transition for children and youth,”
states the group. “We feel that unnecessary surgeries and/or hormonal
treatments which have not been proven safe in the long-term represent
significant risks for young people.”

“Policies that encourage — either directly or indirectly — such
medical treatment for young people who may not be able to evaluate the
risks and benefits are highly suspect, in our opinion,” says the
organization, which is composed of psychologists, social workers,
doctors, and other professionals.

The professionals express “alarm” that, because of the current
trendiness of being transgendered, many young people have decided they
are a member of the opposite sex simply as a result of “binges” on
social media sites. They describe a process of transgender activists
recruiting these young people for their “cult.”

“There is evidence that vulnerable young people are being actively
recruited and coached on such sites to believe that they are trans,” the
professionals say.

Despite such potential mental health problems associated with gender
confusion, children who claim to be the opposite sex are no longer
legally permitted to see a therapist to get stabilizing “conversion
therapy” in some states. Youth Trans Critical Professionals sees such
state prohibitions as dangerous since they may block the process of
critical thinking and evaluation of the young person regarding the
reasons why he or she desires to become a transgender member of the
opposite sex.

“While the sentiment behind this legislation is laudable, in some
cases, it is being interpreted to mean that therapists cannot explore
gender identity with a youth who is professing to be trans,” argue the
professionals. “This would mean we can’t ask why; we can’t explore
underlying mental health issues; we can’t consider the symbolic nature
of the gender dysphoria; and we can’t look at possible confounding
issues such as social media use or social contagion.”