From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
IRVING, TX. –Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh announced on Monday that the Boy Scouts of America will immediately begin accepting transgender children for membership.
The organization, which had previously relied on the gender of members listed on the birth certificate, will now accept the gender listed by parents on the application.
Three years ago, the organization changed a longstanding policy and began admitting gay boys as members. In 2015, another policy change permitted gay adults to serve as Scout leaders.
“We’ve taken the opportunity to evaluate and update our approach,” Surbaugh said. “I hope you’ll join with me in embracing the opportunity to bring scouting to more families and children who can benefit from what our organization has to offer.
“This is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of scouting to the greatest number of youth possible all while remaining true to our core beliefs.”