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Transgender boy barred from Boy Scout troop in New Jersey

Joe Maldonado is banned from Boy Scouts for being trans.
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Danielle Parhizkaran - USA Today

An 8-year-old transgender New Jersey Boy Scout has been barred from participating in his troop’s activities reports USA Today.

Joe Maldonado is the young boy in question and has been an active member of Pack 87 in Secaucus, New Jersey for a month with his transgender status fully out in the open.

However, some parents of children in the troop complained and the Boy Scouts reached out to Joe’s mother Kristie to say he was no longer welcome back.

"Not one of the kids said, 'You don’t belong here,’” she said in USA Today.

“It made me mad,” her son, Joe adds. “I had a sad face, but I wasn’t crying. I’m way more angry than sad. My identity is a boy. If I was them, I would let every person in the world go in. It’s right to do.”

The news comes more than a year after The Boy Scouts of America lifted a ban on gay troop leaders participating in the social program. A progressive move that seemed to show the organization was becoming more relaxed with the LGBT community.

However that amendment also states that any troop which follows a certain religious belief, can impose that thinking when it comes to member selection.

“This change allows Scouting's members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” the Boy Scouts said in July 2015.

The organization has not addressed transgender issues, and remains silent about their stance.

You can watch the USA Today report by clicking HERE.