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Transgender boy kicked out of Cub Scouts

Posted at 8:18 AM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 08:18:29-05

A young boy in New Jersey says he's angry and sad because he was kicked out of Cub Scouts for being transgender.

Eight-year-old Joe used to attend Cub Scout meetings, but when he tried to officially register with The Boy Scouts of America, they told him he couldn't be a member because he was born a girl.  Joe's mom says it's frustrating because the local group had already accepted Joe.

"I'm angry because I had asked permission before even starting, and I got back that it was fine," said Joe's mother Kristie Maldonado.

The Boy Scouts released a statement saying Joe doesn't meet the organization's eligibility requirements.  The organization said it defers to information provided about individuals on their birth certificate.