A New Jersey boy has become the first openly transgender member of the Boy Scouts one week after the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow transgender children to join the organization.
"I am accepted," Joe Maldonado said Tuesday night as he put on a Cub Scout uniform. "This is fun; I'm so proud."
The Record reported the 9-year-old joined Pack 20 in Maplewood following the organization's decision to allow transgender scouts. Maldonado was banned from a Cub Scout group in Secaucus.