Boy Scouts To Admit Transgender Boys

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed:

The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it would allow transgender boys to join the organization, based on their gender identity, shifting away from a policy that determined eligibility based on the sex listed on a child’s birth certificate.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application,” Effie Delimarkos, director of communications for the Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement. “Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”

And you thought the screaming about openly gay troop leaders was bad.

  • Dean

    I never thought that I would actually see Hell freeze over!

    • i personally think of it as how homeostasis works–like a thermostat. When it gets too hot or too cold, the system kicks in to bring things closer to balance. Trump/Equality.

      • Kate

        Obama/Trump.

        • MonochromeMouse

          Fuck off Kate nobody wants you here.

        • JT

          Look. It’s false equivalence Kate.

          • Judas Peckerwood

            Is she the same as Asshole Kate? She sure looks like Asshole Kate.

        • Max_1

          You tried hard with that one, didn’t you… ?

      • saucetin

        ‘False equivalence kate,’ from “Candada,”
        scores 202 ups in 1,025 Wordy AF comments.

    • Dramphooey

      I never thought I’d see Nazis in the White House.

      • Todd20036

        I, however did Nazi any Nazis in the White House either.

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    • Blake J Butler

      Guess i better go get my skates.

  • kaydenpat

    Homophobes’ heads exploding everywhere.

  • AtticusP

    That popping sound you just heard were the heads of Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins and a whole host of other evangelassholes exploding, in three-part harmony.

  • Ignorant heads!

  • EdmondWherever

    But now the youth pastors won’t know who to molest!

  • Sam_Handwich

    end the entire gender barrier. just make it The Scouts. why is this so difficult?

    • perversatile

      ”Always Be Prepared”
      The motto Robert Baden-Powell chose for the Scouting movement (1907)

      ”Leave this world a little better than you found it”
      Robert Baden-Powell’s Last Message (1941)

  • Ray Page

    This is a good decision for sure, but let’s remember, the BSA has been shrinking in numbers for the last 30 years and needs to do all it can to find new members. 90% of BSA income is derived from troop members themselves.

    As someone who spent nearly 5 years in both state and federal court suing the BSA, I can tell you that their motives are almost always selfish. The board of directors of the BSA is chock full of religious zealots. For the BSA image and income take priority every time.

    Although I applaud this decision, I’m always suspect of the BSA’s motives.

    This decision didn’t come from a change of heart, it is the result of a financial crisis.

    • Steven B

      Then you might know the answer to this. Are they now officially allowing Gay, Bi, Trans and queer scouts as well as scout leaders?

      • NancyP

        Yes. Well, not lesbian Boy Scouts.

        • Steven B

          Oh yeah. LOL Duh. I edited my question.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          You snickered a little bit when you typed that, didn’t you?

          I did when I read it….

      • Ray Page

        Yes, they are. They held out as long as they could, but they began to lose too many supporters and a lot of funding over the issue.

        These decisions don’t come from a change of heart, they are the result of a financial crisis.

    • NancyP

      Look, the Girl Scouts did this a while back, and the wing-nut response was to form their own “girl scouts LITE” female submission training group. It wasn’t necessarily the lesbians and transgirls that were the REAL issue – it was the LACK of submission training. Girl Scouts were being encouraged to learn about science, computers, careers.

  • another_steve

    I can’t keep up with just whom I’m supposed to hate. Someone help me here.

    Do we still hate the Salvation Army, for example?

    I’ve googled and am still confused.

  • JT

    OT

    Democratic U.S. senators tried to force a vote on a bill to rescind President Donald Trump’s order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations on Monday, but were blocked by a Republican lawmaker.

    Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said she had 27 co-sponsors of a bill to rescind the order Trump signed on Friday, but under Senate rules it takes only one member to prevent a vote.

    Republican Senator Tom Cotton [AR] blocked consideration of the measure.

    Asswipe.

    • Max_1

      Tom Cotton despises that the First Amendment is about other things other than guns… the terror weapon he loves.

      • JT

        He likes to wrap his hands around a nice, long barrel..

        • Todd20036

          I can relate.

        • Max_1

          But watch out…
          if it shoots ya in the eye, it’ll burn!

    • Sam_Handwich

      It used to be Dave Vitter who sat there to object.

      i guess it’s Diaper Tom now

      • JT

        Depends. Totally cotton.

        • Max_1

          Cloth… think of the landfills

      • Todd20036

        It’s the same person.

        Diaper Man needed a new secret identity

    • Sam_Handwich
      • KnownDonorDad

        HIYOOOOOOOOO

      • Todd20036

        Handwich burns!!!

      • Blake J Butler

        Days like these i really begin to miss Mark Pryor, southern Democrats are better than a warmongering rethuglican hellbent on getting us involved in another war.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    “Calm down get ahold of yourself”.

    https://i.makeagif.com/media/8-12-2015/5ywbmV.gif

  • Baltimatt

    Prepare for the Sadz!

  • fuzzybits
  • Max_1

    Wait for it… Conservative Christian snowflakes melting…

    https://media.tenor.co/images/5b872ee791c8822bf37812e3a3847266/tenor.gif

  • Max_1
    • liondon#pay4dawall

      I ordered a fainting couch for him and Bill Donahue

      • Todd20036

        He just needs a fainting bucket.

      • greenmanTN
        • Todd20036

          For extra comfort, the nails need to be further apart

        • Treant

          It’s like my love life. Full of little pricks.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Yeah, but all the little pricks I’ve encountered along they way sure could nail the sweet spot when I submitted.

          • Todd20036

            Hmm. I’m a big dick. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

          • Robincho

            Mine is like a snowstorm. At first, I never know how many inches I’m gonna get, or how long it’s gonna last…

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        They can faint on the fuckin’ floor and go ass over tea kettle down thirty flights of stairs for all I care.

    • Guest

      This will push the Reich, Trump specifically, to do their LGBTQ-P hate orders soon

      This will cause the Congress to fast track their hate laws.

      This will cause the religious haters, who through their projection want special rights. They want to use their claimed religious beliefs to not follow laws of society.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Ha. That does kind of look like him.

  • andrew

    Hats off to the leadership of the BSA.

    • Dramphooey

      Yes; this is very timely and very helpful. The last week has shown us the fascists are going for broke.

  • kirtanloorii

    Ha ha ha! Trump’s victory was the most empty victory ever.
    https://twitter.com/kirtanloorii/status/826240064862593024

  • SoCalGal20

    Donnie tweeted about his acting AG. He sounds sad.

    https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/826229971584708608

    • Talisman

      WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    • Dramphooey

      They are purely political reasons. The platform of the Democratic Party doesn’t go well with a racist Attorney General.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Well, just to be fair, the Democrats shouldn’t delay Sessions’ confirmation a day longer than the Republicans delayed Merrick Garland’s confirmation. So, forever.

    • Stogiebear

      You’d almost think he had no clue as to how this change in presidents thingy works.

  • Benny S.

    Cue the nut job / fear mongering emails for $$$.

    • Of course … but it does sort of raise the more obvious question: why bother with “Boy Scouts” at all? Why not just have “Scouts” for both genders?
      Why discriminate against girls to begin with?

      • j.martindale

        I taught at a women’s college for years. My wife, in a previous marriage, went to a women’s college. My sisters went to women’s high schools. In today’s world, I think women are often able to develop more leadership skills in these situations. There is a place for the separation of the sexes occasionally. I am not averse to such things, dependent on the wishes of the women.

  • Michael R
    • safari

      He should learn he isn’t in charge of everything.

      • Michael R

        He forgot to appoint Ivanka to the Acting Attorney General position .

    • JT

      Ignorant asswipe, read a book. The process takes longer than a week. Your own party makes it as long as they can.

    • AtticusP

      King Donald the Orange is not amused.

      Tough shit. He and Bannon need to be reminded that we still have this inconvenient little document called the Constitution of the United States.

      Donald Trump is our servant. It’s not the other way around. He’d better figure that out, and damned soon. We have ways of ridding ourselves of politicians who try to put themselves above our laws.

    • fuzzybits

      Obstruct? Geez,that’s rich!

    • Vet Zero

      Well, you know what they call that in Russia don’t you ?///// TOUGH SHITSKI

    • ColdCountry

      They should be good at it. They had the Republican example for eight years to learn from.

  • Nic Peterson

    Reagan Scouts can be far behind.

    • Todd20036

      I don’t always see, but when I do, I see what you did there.

    • Treant

      Trump Scouts. AKA “Trouts.”

  • NancyP

    Good for BSA!

  • fuzzybits

    Anyone still having trouble accessing the site?

    • SoCalGal20

      It’s ok for me right now but it sporadically acts up.

    • TimCA

      No problems for the last two hours. Everything appears to be running normally once again, for me anyway.

  • SoCalGal20

    Washington State AG just filed a federal lawsuit against Trump’s Muslim ban EO.

    https://twitter.com/chrisgeidner/status/826245057879605249

    • JT

      Sue the shit out of that Nazi.

  • Blake J Butler

    Well its about time for some good news.

    Somewhere a christian fascists head is exploding, ah i’ve been longing to take joy in that feeling once again.

    http://data.whicdn.com/images/47491135/large.gif

    http://i.giphy.com/GhVHb0tViGG9W.gif

    • Talisman

      oh, my!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Todd20036

      He reminds me of the fey air traffic controller in Airplane!

  • Lazycrockett
  • SoCalGal20

    Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump’s Muslim ban EO without telling leadership or their boss.

    https://twitter.com/rachaelmbade/status/826241505593552898

    https://twitter.com/sinderbrand/status/826244904808493056

    • OdieDenCO

      buckle up snowflake, if donny signs a anti-LGBT EO there will be riots in the streets.

      [edit] that’s to the GOP aide not you SCG

    • TimCA

      Consultations and consensus are for cucks!

  • DaddyRay

    I didn’t expect news like this for another 4 years

  • SoCalGal20
    • Treant

      Well…it was nice not to hear blathering about how “both sides do it” for a few seconds.

  • safari

    And Rasmussen showed that Trump’s approval rating dropped 14%… in four days. They have him at -1%, which is amusingly high.

    • another_steve

      Analysts I’ve heard and read are saying that it will be near impossible for Trump to recover from his record-low approval rating.

      • TimCA

        Not necessarily an impediment………since another free election isn’t in their plans.

        • another_steve

          Russian interference the next time around will be very tricky for them, since every reputable journalistic eye will be on the lookout for it.

          Voter suppression laws are a problem, however.

          Voter suppression laws — as well as theofascist takeover attempts masquerading as “religious freedom laws” — will be the main challenges in the years ahead.

          • TimCA

            Who needs Vlad’s help when you’re the president, control the military and can sign a state of emergency decree. Thank goodness these creeps look like they probably won’t get a chance to continue to consolidate power for much longer (I hope). We may be seeing incipient signs of push back from GOP legislators. (Again I hope).

  • Leo

    OT/
    General Flynn (not to be confused with son) had his Twitter account deleted:
    https://twitter.com/genflynn?lang=en

    • safari

      “You, too, dad. Or I’m turning mine back on.”

  • bkmn

    More butthurt for the haterz!

  • Lazycrockett
    • Talisman

      He might build a clock and kill us all.

      /s

      • Lazycrockett

        We’re going to lose so much new technology and medical advances with all these genius’s going to other countries to advance science and tech.

        • Talisman

          but at least baby jesus won’t be crying!

    • JCF

      If it’s any consolation: “US science” is being deported, too.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Well that’s a relief. It was really interfering with the edjukayshun.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Chris H.

      …and the shit show continues.

    • Lazycrockett
    • another_steve

      And so begins the purge.

      As it begins, with all tyrants.

    • houstonray

      Holy crapola…..

    • safari

      And here I thought we could spend tonight clearing out the bodies.

    • boobert

      Let me guess, he called her into the office and said you’re fired ! lol Like she cares. Now please have the appointee refuse to defend it too!

    • Cuberly

      Prez Bannon don’t like no back sass.

      Retribution. This shit is going to get worse by the second.

      • Tallulah

        How far will Randall Flagg take us?

        • Max_1

          How far down is hell, again?

    • Treant

      If she’s smart–and she is–she already randomly distributed the files around the office and sent any Trump-related nastiness to the New York Times via Fed Ex this morning.

      • tristram

        Right. Her letter was essentially a euphemistic resignation. The consequence was inevitable, and she surely knew it. I doubt that any newly-inaugurated President would have acted otherwise.

    • witch

      The Lady has courage

      • Todd20036

        She had a soul, and she couldn’t see herself go against everything she stood for just because Hair Cheeto wants to run this country like a dictatorship

    • ColdCountry

      I’m sure she knew that was coming. Good for her for doing it anyway.

    • I would not be surprised if Trump is so unstable that Bannon could be advising Mike Pence on hw to engineer a constitutional coup d’etat – once the cabinet is in place it could be time to invoke the 25th Amendment and certify in writing “written declaration that Don-John is permanently unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” It would probably help the coup, if a panel of physicians is produced to declare Trump incurably insane. Stiill #ITMFA

      • FreeCandyVanDriver

        Trump is Bannon’s sock-puppet.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Lakeview Bob

    This is not going to end well.

    • another_steve

      If there is world catastrophe in the next month or so, I’ll be very disappointed.

      My great nephew is turning 7 in three weeks, my husband and I have been invited to his party, and we’ve already bought him the most wonderful gift.

      • Lazycrockett

        Passport/ticket out of the country?

      • Silver Badger

        Have you found a wife for him yet? I happen to have a great granddaughter who is 5. This is a good age difference.

        • another_steve

          Not sure the boy is straight, hon. He’s very smart, very astute, for his age.

          Indicators of possible queerness.

          • Silver Badger

            That could be a problem in breeding great, great grandchildren. I suppose they could use artificial insemination. More important, is he kind? Loving? Headed to a good education? As we both know, there is much more than sex in a good relationship.

          • another_steve

            I buy him those male “superhero” toy tchotchkes, and he seems inordinately interested in their crotch areas.

            I’m thinking he might not be a good match for your great granddaughter.

          • Lakeview Bob

            Honey, you are so cute. You are wishing the best for your birthday boy. What could be better than being queer!

      • OdieDenCO

        if you got him a year supply of food, your golden.

  • danolgb

    You know I’m not a fan of him, but I sent a Tweet to Sanders saying he should filibuster all of Donald’s nominees until Bannon is completely out of the White House. Feel free to add yours.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/Jordanfabian/status/826254617516335105

    Does Drumpf know this or just went with a white guy?

    • houstonray

      He’s apparently already indicated he will support the Executive Order and will defend it.

      • another_steve

        ^^ That.

      • safari

        “I showed up.” is what I’m hoping for.

  • Marti386

    Wait, is it April 1?

  • Lazycrockett
  • JT

    OK, time for a cuteness break from all the Drumpf ugliness.
    http://i.imgur.com/37cg4Ns.gif

  • houstonray

    I feel like I’m trapped in some sort of movie theater, being forced to watch a terrible movie and don’t know if I should just sit back and ride out the story to see how it ends or try to escape to the safety of someplace else….

  • Lazycrockett

    This firing is more reason for the dems to try to vote down Sessions.

    • HoneyBoySmith

      Amen.

      Joe, please report on this lastest outrage.

      Trump is unfit and his crimes need to be exposed.

  • boobert

    Poor Joe, I don’t know how he keeps up with this madness ! I almost went in to panic when the site was down earlier.

  • safari

    Okay. Stay calm. This is just the first purge of many. No need to get too excited.

  • MBear

    f*ck the mormon youth nazi squad

  • witch

    I worry how safe these kids will be

  • aar9n

    The attorney general has been fired.

  • Vet Zero

    Some better news in all the bad news.

  • houstonray

    Joe has the new post up about Attorney General firing…head on over.

  • Mike

    A scout is friendly, and kind. Bravo.

  • Friday

    Interesting timing. I sure don’t trust the BSA not to be just trying to raise more of a bigoted stink to divert from what Drumph is doing.

  • bkmn
    • Prixator

      That’s just so they can get early parole! I’d do it, too.

  • T-Batwoman

    As a MTF it’s great to see transboys/men get some recognition, kudos men!! 😃

  • fuow

    About time!

  • glass

    Why do we need “boy” or “girl” scouts? Can’t we just have “Scouts”? Let’s stop dividing humans by gender, there is no point to it. All children should be able to be a “scout” if they so desire. We need to think of people as Humans first instead of male or female. The sexism is really getting fucking old!

  • In the midst of our national descent into Trumpwellian fascism this rare good news comes as a welcome reminder that not all news is bad news. Kudos to the BSA for making a brave decision and taking a positive step!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Get the popcorn ready, because the reaction by the Bigot Brigade is going to be insanely overwrought and ridiculous. That said, congratulations to the Boy Scouts for entering the 21st Century…shame the country went back to the 17th.

  • JCF

    Sigh.

    A personal aside—a few days ago, I saw an obituary which took me back:

    “Charles Henry Duncan entertained Sacramento audiences on radio,
    television and stage, and devoted much of his career to preserving local
    history. Best known for his role as Cap’n Delta, the host of a local TV program for children in the late 1960s”

    http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/obituaries/article128754934.html

    In (I think) 1969, my older brother and I were on this local TV show. It really was a bad idea. I was way too smart for my age (6, first grade), and Duncan said something patronizing about the relationship between my brother and I. Some dumb question or other. All I remember is my snappy response: “Of course I do, I’m his brother!”

    I was TRYING to say “he’s my brother”, but this struggling lil’ XX-bodied genderqueer outed myself right then and there. On live television. I KNEW my classmates would see it. I was mortified.

    So, back 2017. What if, what if. What IF I could have been an out little Transboy in 1969? Or just even TRY OUT that gender—as in the Boy Scouts? What if…

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Does North Carolina know about this?

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  • Jacob

    But not gay or transgendered leaders. This is just more of the mormon plan to isolate and proselytize to vulnerable youth.

  • Tony Perkins is going to hemorrhage. I can hardly wait.

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