Target: Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America,
Goal: Be more accepting of transgender scouts and troop leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.
Recently the family of an 8-year-old that has identified as a boy for over a year came forward after their son was ejected from the Boy Scouts of America for his sexual identification. According to NBC News, the boy was forced out of troop 87 in Secaucus, New Jersey last October. It is wrong to discriminate against people based on their gender identity. The Boy Scouts of America should change their stance on accepting transgender scouts.
It was not complaints from the boy’s fellow scouts that sent him packing from the group, but parents that didn’t want the boy to continue to have membership with the program. Certainly if the other children could accept the boy, then the parents should be able to put aside their own prejudice as well. He is accepted by his school as a boy, but according to a statement issued by the Boy Scouts, he can only ever be what is on his birth certificate when it comes to their program.
Transgender children should be allowed to take part in normal childhood activities, like the Boy Scouts, without facing discrimination. The program has buckled to public pressure with regards to allowing homosexual troop leaders and participants. Sign this petition to demand that the Boy Scouts accept the membership of transgender children and troop leaders.
Dear Mr. Surbaugh,
An 8-year-old boy from pack 87 in Secaucus, New Jersey was forced to quit the Boy Scouts of America in October. This boy was denied continued participation in your organization because he is transgender. Your program issued a statement saying that membership is limited to birth gender. This discrimination against the transgender community is unacceptable.
Fellow boys from the troop made no complaints about the boy, but it was parents who felt too offended to allow this child to take part in the scouts. He is accepted by his family and by his school as a boy, why not then can he be accepted by your organization?
The Boy Scouts of America has made strides in being more accepting by allowing people with different sexual orientations to become members and troop leaders. Now it is time for the group to move forward with becoming more accepting on the issue of gender identity.
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