The Boy Scouts of America organization is now accepting people based on the gender they specify on their application. The declaration overturns the century long ban on paving the way for transgender people.
The Boy Scouts had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child's birth certificate for those programs.
The development undoubtedly comes from the magnification of the case of an 8 year old boy, Joe Maldonado, in New Jersey who was asked to leave the group after parents and leaders found out he was trans.
However, Boy Scouts cites the changing nationwide view of gender in their statement:
For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs . . . However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.
The Boy Scouts said the enrollment decision goes into effect immediately.
Joe Maldonado has been invited to rejoin the Boy Scouts.
Per the Associated Press, Boy Scouts of America leaders lifted a blanket ban on gay troop leaders and employees in July 2015 amid intense pressure. The group had, after heated internal debate, decided in 2013 to allow openly gay youth as scouts.
The national Girl Scouts organization, which is not affiliated with the Boy Scouts, has accepted transgender members for years.