Boy Scouts to Admit Biological Girls After New Jersey Transgender Lawsuit
Yet another cultural domino fell in the battle against common sense on Monday. After a New Jersey family sued their state's Boy Scouts' Council for expelling a transgender "boy" from Cub Scouts last month, the Boy Scouts of America released a statement altering policy to allow "boys" of any biological sex to join their (somehow still) gender-based programs.
"We and others have recently been challenged by a very complex topic on the issue of gender identity," Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said in a video statement. "For more than a hundred years, the BSA, along with schools, youth sports, and other youth organizations ultimately deferred to the information on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for" gender-specific programs like the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Then Surbaugh announced the stunning decision. "Starting today, we will accept registration in our scouting programs based on the gender identity provided on an individual's application." He also added that "we will continue to work with families to find scouting units that are the best fit for their children."
When news of the policy broke on Monday evening, many liberals praised the decision as if it had been a political statement — some even said it was a response to Donald Trump's recent executive orders.
The true context of this decision is revealing, however. In December, an 8-year-old biological girl who identifies as a transgender boy filed a lawsuit against the local New Jersey Boy Scouts' Council for discrimination after being kicked out of a Cub Scout troop, NBC Philadelphia reported. The suit, filed by the "boy" and his mother, Kristie Maldonado, accused the Boy Scouts of America Northern New Jersey Council violated the state's law against discrimination.
This was merely the latest in a long string of legal actions spearheaded by the Obama administration to interpret longstanding laws prohibiting "discrimination on the basis of sex" to apply to gender identity.
Contrary to Maldonado's lawsuit — and Obama's Justice Department — "sex" or "biological sex" refers to a human being's chromosomal makeup. People we call "males" have one "x" chromosome and one "y" chromosome. People we call "females" have two "x" chromosomes. "Gender," by contrast, deals more specifically with identity, and extends to the categories of "transgender" — identifying with the gender opposite your biological sex — and "cisgender" — identifying with the gender that fits your biological sex. Yes, normal people get a label.