Boy Scouts will pay $18,000 to transgender boy in NJ

Joe Maldonado was banned from a New Jersey Cub Scouts troop after they learned he was transgender, his family says. He spoke to PIX11 News on Jan. 1, 2017, about his effort to re-join the organization.

Joe Maldonado was banned from a New Jersey Cub Scouts troop after they learned he was transgender, his family says. He spoke to PIX11 News on Jan. 1, 2017, about his effort to re-join the organization.

OAKLAND, N.J. — A New Jersey branch of the Boy Scouts has agreed to pay $18,000 to a transgender boy who was barred from joining.

The Record reports the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts made the agreement on Thursday after Joe Maldonado’s mother, Kristie, filed a complaint with the state Civil Rights Division. Officials also gave the 9-year-old boy a formal apology.

Maldonado was originally refused membership to a Cub Scout pack in Secaucus because he was born a girl. The Boy Scouts then reversed their ban on transgender boys when Maldonado’s story gained attention.

Maldonado was accepted by a Maplewood Cub Scout pack.

The Northern New Jersey Council has agreed to change their policies in accordance with state laws against discrimination.